Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Den Redo

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so enjoying seeing your Fallen decorations and I have wanted to join in but I'm a bit behind! But I can show you one side of the den that's finished. It's so funny, but the den in our new/old house is very similar to the den in our old one! This one is smaller but if you've followed me for very long you'll see the similarities.

Okie dokie...
This is the after. We had the dark wood paneled walls and the backs of the builtins painted Benjamin Moore's Natural Wicker, the bookshelves and trim painted white. So much better. Now look at the before...
 I know! I know! The rooms, well the walls, in this house were so 'not us' but we liked the house and knew it was a well built house. I can see beyond 'yuck'! I really can.
 Doesn't it look so much better? We started to just leave all of our chairs behind and buy new ones but decided to bring the little rocker and ottoman on left and only one recliner that's on the right and they work just fine.
 This is a blurry snap but you can see how the builtins looked before.
 The after...and so much better. Sorry about the cords ~ one of Mr. Precious' Boise speakers! :) I have more shelves in these builtins than the ones that were in our old house but they're not very deep or very high so some things I thought would fit just wouldn't. We took off the old copper colored hardware and I sprayed painted them. I kinda like the hinges popping out at me each day like that! :) My little Staffys are spread about between the two sides.
 Now I can show you some Falleness on my mantel.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it! :) I poked my plain olden mirror up on the wall above the mantel just like I did in my other den. It seems to disappear a little more on the painted wall. I know it's not a very pretty mirror but it belonged to my Aunt Alma who loved me so and left me her Fostoria when she passed away. I loved her too! Oh, I do plan on painting the brass surround on the opening of the fireplace. Was gonna do it two months ago but just didn't!
 I poked up some Staffeys as they have on their Fallen colors.
 A mantel clock, a couple of pumpkins and some leaves and I was done! Oh, I poked up a little wreath over the mirror. I don't have the other side of the den ready to show you yet because this is the room that my little grandchildren play in and that's the messy side! :)
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)
 I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Where Do The Children Play

Well I think it's fine, building jumbo planes.
Or taking a ride on a cosmic train.
Switch on summer from a slot machine.
Get what you want to if you want, 'cause you can get anything.

I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

Well you roll on roads over fresh green grass.
For your lorryloads pumping petrol gas.
And you make them long, and you make them tough.
But they just go on and on, and it seems you can't get off.

Oh, I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

When you crack the sky, scrapers fill the air.
Will you keep on building higher
'til there's no more room up there?
Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?

I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

~ sung by Cat Stevens

41 comments:

  1. You're right Shelia, it does remind me of your old den. At first glance, I thought it was! It's so nice and cozy...and I can just tell that you're really loving it! Looks great, too.

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  2. I love the old hinges painted and against the white cabinets, too. You'll get it all done - just nice and slow - the best way to do it!

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    1. Thanks Deb for the encouragement and I know you're right! Seems I used to be able to do more things a lot more faster! Hope you're doing well.
      Be a sweetie
      Shelia ;)

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  3. Another great transformation Shelia! I love, love the white built-ins and the black hardware is a very nice touch. I think its great that you could see the potential in this house, because you are sure making it your own.
    Have a great day
    Jeannette

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    1. Thanks for popping in to see me, Jen, and for your sweet comments.
      Be a sweetie
      Shelia ;)

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  4. Your den looks so cozy and comfy! What a difference paint and a few pretty things make. I love watching the transformation of your new home. Happy weekend.
    ~Adrienne~

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  5. Shelia, it's coming along nicely and I love the new den. It does remind me of the Galveston home! Boy that paneling was dark, love the painted walls and shelves. And room for toys for the Grands is the perfect touch to any Grandparents home!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  6. WOW ! What a wonderful difference some paint makes. Your den is wonderfully cozy Shelia.

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  7. The painted paneling looks SO much better. You could frame out that mirror with something and it would really look nice.

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  8. The painted cabinets look awesome! Made such a difference.

    Judy

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  9. Amazing what a little paint can do. I am loving the lighter color and it makes the room looks so much bigger. Perfect way to update the look.

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  10. Oh my gosh Shelia it's very similar!! I love what you've done in here so far the lighter color looks fabulous!!

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  11. It's amazing what a difference paint can make, isn't it? It's just lovely! I bet you really enjoy the room now....especially being so close to your grandchildren! Happy fall!

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  12. Hi Shelia, Your den looks gorgeous painted white and what a difference and how much brighter it is. Yes, it is so similar to your Tx. home den. Love your mantel and all the fall decor with your Staffys. You have really been busy and everything looks wonderful. Your red and white checked drapes are perfect in your den.
    Have a great week ahead and stay warm. It's cold down here and we are having sleet and snow. Oh yes, can't believe it!!
    Hugs and Blessings

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  13. Shelia, your house is so pretty and I know you are so happy to be there with your grandkids. White paint and your decorations sprinkled around are so wonderful but they aren't exactly what you love the most...are they? :)

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  14. Shelia, I LOVE the color you painted the walls, built-ins, and doors!! It looks so warm and inviting. The house I grew up in had a fireplace with built-ins and cabinet doors at the bottom almost exactly like this! I always loved those built-ins. Thankfully, both of the houses we've owned have some type of built-ins in our family room, and I'm so glad. :)

    You've done a great job with this part of the den! I really like the red and white buffalo-check curtains; they look perfect with your light walls and bookcases. Where did you find your Staffordshire dogs? I would love to have some! Thanks for sharing with us, Shelia -- I love to see house updates. :-D

    Hugs to you,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  15. I agree so much better!!!!! Very cozy.

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  16. So much brighter and uplifting Shelia! Isn't paint the best invention EVER?! I love your fall because I don't have one :)
    x

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  17. Your den looks so much better. We have been getting rid of the paneling in our house (it was built in the 70s). Still have the upstairs to do. Love your mantel.

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  18. The den looks so much better painted white. Everything looks great and comfortable. It takes time to re-do everything. I always feel you should live awhile in the new house and get the feel before you start remodeling, then no mistakes are made. Everything is coming together nicely.
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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  19. Oh my that was a big improvement! I did think I was looking at a picture from up your other home for a moment! The room looks bright and light now- the curtains look cute!

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  20. It looks so lovely now Shelia, it is amazing what a difference a coat of paint can make isn't it. The whole room looks so fresh and lovely now and yes, I can see the similarity to your den in your old house. I was wondering where you were going to put all your doggies, I thought that perhaps you hadn't put them out yet, so it is lovely to see their new home! I look forward to seeing the rest when it is ready to share. xx

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  21. it looks amazing! I wouldnt have guessed its the same room..
    yes yes, its now much more bright cheerful Sheilaish:-)

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  22. What a major difference, Shelia! I love it! It not only looks better but so much brighter.

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  23. Yes, when I saw the first pic in my reader, I was confused. :) The transformation is wonderful! Yay paint! ♥

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  24. I love it all in white and yes, it you dear friend and that's what counts; feeling comfortable with our dear homes. I also love the contrast with the brick fire place.
    Have a great week sweetie.
    FABBY

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  25. I remember that Cat Stevens song...he was a favorite of mine back in the day :) I too, can see beyond the "yuck" Sheila...I love the look of painted paneling and your tranformation is AMAZING! Isn't it a wonder what a little paint will do?? I am planning to paint my oak kitchen cabinets white and am sooo excited to see the results. Enjoy that cozy little den, sweet friend!

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  26. That is quite a transformation! It's amazing what paint can do. Your den looks beautiful, Shelia!

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  27. I love the NOW...wonder how the previous owners lived with all that BROWN..? You've done a great job.
    I love your plaid curtains...:)
    We painted our bedroom in the Natural Wicker and LOVE it so much. We will be painting the whole house later in the year and I want my entire house in the color.

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  28. Fabulous Sheila ! What a great transformation ! Our house used to look like your before too when we moved in ! It is amazing what paint can do :)

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  29. Sheila, your white built-ins look so much better! I wish I had built-ins but I'm not complaining. The white makes such a lovely difference, doesn't it? Just brightens everything right up. You have a wonderful Staffy collection too. And I love your checked curtains! Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  30. Beautiful and comfy den, Shelia. Love the changes!...Christine

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  31. The paint just makes your den looks so crisp and fresh--I love it! Lots of pretty fall touches, too!

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  32. Wow! Love the change. When I first saw it I thought it was your other house. Love the curtains.

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  33. I love the build in ... Infact that's exactly what I want to do in my den... The whole room has such a warm and cosy feeling.... Thanks for sharing..ENJOY your day ...Hugs

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  34. What a difference the paint makes. The room looks so charming and cozy.

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  35. Shelia -- You worked magic in that room. It looks fantastic! How are you doing in this cold weather? I hope you aren't getting any of the SNOW that's pounding northwest NY near Buffalo. But that area always gets pounded with snow -- I have a feeling you are going to get more than your fair share of NY snow this winter. It will be pretty! Make sure you have food stocked up. :-) Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy those grandbabies!!!
    Love Cass

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  36. Shelia,
    I was totally fooled, dear friend.
    Quietly, to my self, I said. . .this is Shelia's Texas home, isn't it???
    I LOVE the freshness of the paint!!!
    Lovely decor!
    That corner of toys is priceless!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  37. So light and airy and still very cozy. You did a wonderful job! And I do love your mantle!

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  38. What a difference Shelia! Such a cozy room, love the dimension the paneling offers but so nice painted.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings.
    Cindy

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