The old fireplace:
UGLY. When we moved in we vowed we would do built ins. We moved in May 5th 2001. This photo above was taken Christmas 2008. Seven years of procrastination. (And 4 kids! lol) Fast forward to this past fall.... In October 2011, the carpet was already ripped out and the fireplace torn apart. And then Andy got down to work.
There were tears, fights, words, conversations.... he was building something completely different than what I wanted. (See previous post. He tends to do that.) He couldn't comprehend what I was trying to describe. And then it began to come together. And by Christmas, I had my dream gift! I love my incredibly talented husband!
Beginning to move back in....
Back in our comfy family room! And in love! We still have to finish up the lower cabinets - the doors still need to be made and installed, and drawers built and installed in the lower left cabinet, but that will happen soon. I'm just thrilled with how the whole thing turned out! And I finally have my crown moulding. Now that he sees how it really does finish off the room, he has agreed it does need to go throughout the first floor. YAY!
NOTE: The tree, stockings, and general Christmas decor are gone now... but it still looks beautiful to me. I may never put up window treatments. I love how the light makes the floor glow, and I know I will never get a rug to hide it! :) Over time, I will take care of all the little details that will finish it, such as what will go on the shelves and walls, but the big job is done. And I am so proud of my husband again!