When we discovered the hardwood floors hiding in the foyer and the back of the original house, we were hoping to find them hiding under the carpet in the den and dining rooms as well. However, we had no such luck. We did add hardwoods to the one bedroom of the original house that did not already have them as the carpet in that room was beyond hope. However, the carpet in the den and dining rooms was fairly new and in good shape. So I did not see ripping out good carpet and replacing it with the hardwoods at the time we moved in as there were many other items that seriously needed addressing and were consuming all our budget. So we left the carpet in these rooms, and we will decide what to replace it with when the time comes that it is no longer in good shape.
This is the before of the den from the day we first toured the house. The previous owners used this part of the room as a library.
Before we moved in, we had the bookcases removed.
And then I painted both rooms in a shade of green that I love.
However, I soon realized that even though I loved the green (Behr 3A5-4 Anamite), it made this already dark room even darker, so I then repainted it a greige color (SW 6149 Relaxed Khaki) that I have fallen head over heels in LOVE with! I am eventually going to repaint the hall and my craft room this color. So here is the room today.
As I told you about here, we took out the gas logs and are going to be getting a wood stove insert. We are going to wait to decide on a new mantel until the stove is installed.
I finally was able to finish the new media center – I will have more on that later in the week. You can read about how I painted her here.
When I am taking pictures, Lily is always tucked in a bed fast asleep, but Maggie is never too far from my side.
In that the couch is in the middle of the room I had a hard time deciding what to do about an end table. Traditional tables were too big and blocked the walkway and didn’t allow the door to open all the way. We lived without a table for three years, but then I found this table at World Market. It works fabulously in that it can slide under the couch to provide more walk room if needed.
This is a picture of what we use as the dining room from the day we first toured the house. The previous owners used this side of the room as their den (notice the ceiling, moulding and walls are all painted the same color).
We replaced the ceiling fan with a chandelier and updated the trim in both rooms with the thicker craftsman style trim.
Being a Mississippi State graduate, I have to have my cow bells!