DH's aunt, that is. A short while back, she asked to see photos of the family's home improvement projects. When she asked, I didn't really have any (other than weeding the interminable flower beds, but that's a story for another day).
Well, things have changed.
(Well, mostly before. I forgot to take pictures until after I had the brackets up.)
Quite the helpers, actually. They made it a lot of fun, and the big guy was an excellent gopher. (And this shot just cracks me up.)
(Baby included for scale. :o)
There are further plans for the living room, including the permanent relocation of the entertainment center, TV, VCR & DVD Player to a place as yet undetermined; (the only criteria is that place will not be our home). We will be painting, and eventually furniture better suited to a family will be coming into the picture. (Costco had The Perfect Sectional a few months ago, but like most Costco items, it's long gone now.) Before winter we will install a wood stove in the center of the wall to the left of the photo, and I'm hoping for some built-in bookshelves for the piano room, but we'll have to see. And to add a pie-in-the-sky item, we'd love to replace all of the uber-cheap builder flooring with something that's actually beautiful and comfortable (hardwood with wool area rugs, most likely). But what we've got now is working alright, and replacing it would be a Major Pain, so that's a low priority item.
With it's new duds, the living room coordinates far better with the kitchen, which got new curtain hardware about a month ago:
Previously, the white panels in the dining room were hanging lazily on copper wire wound around finishing nails. I wish I had a before photo to show you. It was pathetic.
I'd rather not talk much about the other works-in-progress just yet . . .
The photo speaks for itself. I'm working on it. Let's just say that paint chips are filthy little liars. . . .
Knitting content coming tomorrow. I've been having too much fun to not blog about it. :o)