I hope that you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend! It was our first one spent at home, and not by ourselves, since we got married, so that was nice. Last week, I started showing you pictures of the progress we've made on our house. Keep in mind that these are not "after" photos, but behind-the-scenes updates on the work we've done so far. We're hoping to start moving in in the next month! So naturally, my calendar is jam-packed for the next couple weeks, between appointments at the house and the usual holiday festivities!
The next room I'm going to show you is the den. I feel funny calling it "the den," because I've never lived in a house with a den and don't know if I even know what it refers to, but it sounds better than "living room # 2," right? The kitchen and the den are probably my favorite rooms in our house right now. They've both already seen major transformations, which are always fun to watch! First, we had inset can lights added, since there was no overhead lighting. But the biggest change we've made in the den so far is painting all the wood paneling our wall color, "Timid White." Although the wood was beautiful, the look just wasn't for us. I felt that leaving it would look dated, and I just couldn't stand the thought of picturing it next to our (different colored) wood floors. I absolutely love the way the paneling looks painted white, and I can't get over how much it lightened up the room! In the pictures, you really don't get the full effect of the visual texture the paneling adds to the room, even when painted. I just love it. And once we painted the paneling, I instantly fell in love with the ceiling beams and the stone fireplace. I'm envisioning this room with a big comfy couch, a TV, and not much else. It will be such a cozy place to relax and watch movies!
In the dining area, we removed the mirrored tiles. (My brother actually popped them off with a knife, scaaaary!) We also added two sconces to the wall. (Well, I actually haven't found the right ones to put there yet, but there are spots to hook them up, and once I do find some, I'm envisioning a mirror hung in between them.) We also removed the wrought iron railing and will be extending the lower step, to achieve a more open layout. Our little dining table and chairs will be in this area.
I'm so glad you guys are enjoying our house tour so far. I can't wait to show you the house in December, when it looks move-in ready! xoxo, bri
Catch up on our house tour here: The Before Pictures, The Exterior (Nov. 2012), The Living Room (Nov. 2012), The Kitchen (Nov. 2012)