It is definitely still a WIP (work in progress) around here. There has been discussion of a wall to come down in another room... and three other PROJECTS!! Meanwhile, this room is almost finished.
I'll share some before photos:
The floors in this room were decent and we matched the rest of the downstairs to it as closely as we could (12 years later). Note that mantel: Way too fussy and somehow the proportions didn't work for me; I'm sure the last owners loved it.
There are pocket doors between this room and the entry. I like those. =)
The crown molding is decent, but as you can see the caulk had cracked and separated on ALL the woodwork. The Big Bah-Nilla had been on the market for four years... wonder why. ;)
So the new caulk and fresh paint helped a lot... But, the room felt off balance to me with all the built-ins on one side and the necessity of keeping a walk way on the other side.
The idea was born to add board and batten wainscot AND to use it to create a gallery for my paintings along this bare wall!!
So, my two carpenter friends, Andy and Pablo (who built the bathroom in our Brickstreet Bungalow with me) helped me create my Gallery Wall. This added the visual weight to balance this room (in my eyes).
So now... we have a simplified mantel.
Yes, I know these built-ins would be more aesthetically pleasing if there were fewer COLORS going on... but, truth is I like color. And, all the pieces are some little thing I love for one reason or another... So, it is going to continue to be a sensory overload. ;)
That overload does help me to keep the furniture and central part of the room VERY CALM and simple.
The top shelf of the board and batten wall will allow me to swap painting around easily... Should I ever get back to the brushes! One day. One day.
This end of the built-ins... well, it is still swapping around... I have tried SEVERAL baskets in attempts to find the ones that satisfy... but, not yet. I notice that ladder has been in all these photos taken months apart... does that let you know I can't get this one "fixed" yet. LOL!
These three little benches finally got here last night. I love the aqua legs and cowhide (velvet) seats!!
Slowly, this is becoming HOME. The last (I hope part of the construction type work will be starting in a couple of weeks... and take about three. I hope to have more progress reports soon.
I'm joining Kim's Wow Us Wednesdays.
blessings ~ tanna