The mantle is, well…it’s there. It’s pretty misrepresented right now, but it’s there.
I would love to do something fun in the back of the shelves like wallpaper or something cool. Or maybe I should start a collection of white serving pieces! Or both!
Ok, now on to the other side of the room. ALL the open shelves!! (insert clueless face) I love the idea of them, but there’s just too many right here. I have things like table linens, serving dishes, and extra candles that need to live here by the table and I don’t want to have to make them look pretty–sometimes storage is just storage, no need for pretty!
Originally, I thought about taking one out, but then I thought that would be too sad. So I had the idea to have Jarrod build some doors on the bottom sections to close off half of it. It will be perfect because it will match the open shelving at the other end of the room. I’m crossing my fingers that this job will get finished this weekend so I can paint it sometime next week. Right now these shelves are sort of a yellowy-cream–they need white.
Also the walls need some Ashwood by Ben Moore as soon as I can muster the strength–this summer maybe. I used Ashwood in my townhouse in the living room and dining room and I’m pretty sure it will be my very favorite color till the end of time.
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The other problem in this area is the lighting…like there isn’t any. No entry light, no dining light, nada. I think this might have been a common idea in 1950’s homes, as I’ve heard this from other people that own them. I had an electrician here last week and they were spendy! I was originally going to have them do a lot more work, but I whittled my list down to a few things. But the light above the table did stay on the work order, so currently we have a light over the table…I’ll show you in my next update. But no entryway light for now…so spendy!!
Here’s a look at the whole thing. As you can see, I picked up nothing before this photo. Keeping things real…and it also makes for a better “after” pic if your “before” looks really bad. 😉
Here’s to a happy, productive weekend, friends!