Den Remodel

As I’m writing this, C is painting the almost-final area of paneling in the den. I cannot contain the excitement, truly. I have lived in this house since I was 4 years old. The paneling in the den has been an eyesore to me since that age (Not kidding. I complained about it way back when). My mother and I have long debated the most economical and easy way to cover it and to improve this space. We finally went with paint.

A before photo. Ignore our scarecrow... he likes to travel around the house throughout the fall and scare unsuspecting houseguests

BEFORE: Ignore our scarecrow… he likes to travel around the house throughout the fall and scare unsuspecting houseguests

The fireplace wall now features paneling painted a nice light creamy white behind the display shelves. Initially, we were worried this color would wash out the clear glass/milk glass curios that usually sit on these shelves. I must say, not the case. The white makes everything more reflective and sparkly looking (to use technical terms).

DURING: The cream color going up behind the shelving

DURING: The cream color going up behind the shelving

DURING: That cloth draped across the bottom was me covering up the wood and getting a "feel" for the blue cabinetry to come... don't judge me

DURING: That cloth draped across the bottom was me covering up the wood and getting a “feel” for the blue cabinetry to come… don’t judge me

Below the chair rail, we went with a deep Prussian blue. Our biggest worry with this color was darkening the room. This room has one set of windows and they do not let in a lot of natural light, by any means. The blue definitely doesn’t drab up the space at all. The deep color brings out the rich wood tones of the moldings and gives the space a more updated feel.

More photos of the finished space are to come! I’m teeming with ideas of how to finish off this essential retreat in my childhood home.

(Sorry for photo quality. My camera hasn’t been producing the best quality stuff recently.)

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