I have been holding out on you with the long-promised fireplace transformation. Why? Because I was planning one more little project for the whole fireplace wall. But then I had a nice, sunny warm day, great for taking pictures, so I decided to show you anyway.
The before. Yikes! Now that it is better, I can't believe I lived with this for two years. The fireplace insert is just so awkwardly placed, floating in the wall, with no surround or mantel--no nothing! And my assortment of random objects placed in descending height order is not helping.
Well, all that has changed. Witness:
It's good, right? Here, take another look:
So what was the project? I'm making an upholstered top for that bench which isn't really a bench but a coffee table. My husband is VERY unhappy at the idea that people will sit on this, but I bought the thing at the flea market when I was 24 and I went ahead and pulled rank. And then compromised with the idea of an upholstered board instead of a loose cushion--for more stability, weight evenly spread across the bench, yadda yadda practical stuff.
I'm choosing a fabric from the stacks, and thinking tealy/emerald green glazed linen.
But in the meantime, books work. Fur throws and pillows work.
It is a dramatic change (and the very first design idea I had for this house.) My only regret? I should have done it sooner. Even if it was terrible, it's just paint!