". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

House Progress

Much progress was made this week! I know you've been breathlessly awaiting new photos, so I will avoid lengthy commentary and get right to posting them.

Built-in bookcases complete with crown molding

Close-up of crown molding

Sliding glass door with new trim - Door still needs to be stained

Far end of family room as seen from kitchen. We have a new TV! (My mom has our old one in her room.) We decided to have it mounted so as to save space AND be able to point it in any direction easily. The mount slides left and right, tilts horizontally and vertically, and even allows the TV to come out 12 inches from the wall. We first toyed with mounting the TV over the fireplace but settled on this arrangement, which allows it to be seen from the kitchen (great for parties) and also preserves valuable bookshelf space. If we had mounted it over the fireplace I would have lost shelf space to various electronic devices. By the way, the metal cabinet that is right now standing in the middle of the room is not going to stay there. It just doesn't have a home yet.

Here's a close-up of the piece I found to store all our movies & games and such in. It was purchased secondhand at a local antique & used furniture shop. A few scrapes and dings and one stubborn drawer, but cheaper than all the much less roomy new units I spent a few weeks looking at. I'm not sure what this originally was--maybe a buffet?

A shot of the opposite corner of the family room. I'm not crazy about the seating arrangement. Eventually I would like to get a L-shaped sectional sofa to replace what you see here. But that will have to wait a while.

A few close-ups of the desk you see in the above shot. It was my father-in-law's.

A few more shots of the room from different angles. Overall we are very pleased. The ceiling was repaired and painted as part of this project so now, of course, I want to paint the walls. Probably a pale shade of green. But that and the fireplace will have to wait a bit longer. For now, at least we can finally enjoy our family room!


Leah said...

Very nice. I think the painted walls will definitely cozy up the room even more. Our kitchen walls are a mellow sage green and I really like them. Love the brick!

Glenda said...

Oh that is simply beautiful Cheryl. I love the bookcases, I can imagine how wonderful they are for you.

Don't forget to post pictures of your paint color, but for now - enjoy that great room!

Phillip said...

Pale green? Will I continue to be surrounded by BJS?! :)

Cheryl said...

To Phillip: PPBBLTTT! (Seriously, NO, not THAT kind of green. :-))

Elephantschild said...

Love it!

The shelves are absolutely beautiful!!!

(You said you're not wild about the seating arrangement; if you want help, let me know.)

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the applause, everyone. We are really enjoying it. I used to hate going in that room and now I'm loving it.

EC, I am open to suggestions, but the thing is, the Cantor has neck issues and he wants to be able to sit front and center to watch TV. He also is partial to sitting in the reclining portion on the end of that sofa. So the sofa can't really change from where it is. Which is why I think to get a different setup we're probably going to need different furniture. Tell me if I'm wrong about that!

Karen said...

It's beautiful. I love the bookcases. Enjoy your new space.