"The dignity, the grandeur, the tenderness, the everlasting and divine significance of motherhood."

-De Witt Talmage

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Den

Hope every one's weekend was good:)  As it turned out, I had not forgotten a thing-whew.  But some good friends of ours had their beautiful baby boy, Jackson, this weekend so we got to visit with them and hold that precious little babe!  

I thought I would share some before and after pictures of our den today.  It's been 'done' for quite a long time but I had just never taken 'after' pictures because it's usually a mess{we really like to go for the 'lived in' look around here;)}

Here are the before shots; with lots of paneling(although the paneling in the den had actually been painted blue by the previous owners), dark trim everywhere, old yucky carpet, and a knee-wall complete with spindles:

Before we moved in, every wall was painted a light grey and all of the trim and paneling was painted white.  My uncle helped Jon removed the spindle wall thing before the floor was put in.  The carpet was replaced with dark laminate 'hard woods', which we love-you can not mess these floors up-perfect for kids and adults alike;).  And I don't have an official 'after' picture of the floors, probably b/c they were covered in boxes pretty much the second after they were installed.

About a month after we were moved in, we began sanding, cleaning, vacuuming, painting, caulking,etc.,  the old built ins and brick fire place.  Not a fun job.

And here are the after pictures:

And it occurred to me while uploading these photos, that I did not take any pictures from the den's other direction-like facing the couch and in the direction toward the wall that was taken down to open things up into the kitchen.  So I searched for one-and I really can't find one that shows what is going on with the rooms.  So that will be another day when I show some pictures of our kitchen progress:)


  1. You guys did a great job with this! Total night and day with the before and after. I do think it could use some rainbows and unicorns, but I'm sure you're getting to that. ;)

  2. Thanks Cherany:) And of course we are getting to some of that-maybe even a life size cardboard cutout of a unicorn for the empty wall;)

  3. Great improvement - recommending to a friend that's considering painting her brick fireplace.

    Might I humbly suggest that the pretty green jug find a new place to perch rather than on a family Bible?

    Love all the "white", especially that sofa table...