We are saying goodbye to the den
and with mixed emotions...
Built in the early 70's our den is paneled.
Some folks cringe at the thought of paneling and I typically do too,
but the wormy chestnut paneling in this room has never bothered me.
This is where my hubby and I spend our leisure time,
it's warm and cozy,
and I've never really thought about painting these walls.
(The bay window will soon be replaced with a sink under it...yay!)
This built-in shelving is in the den
and sits just to the left of the fireplace.
It was here when we moved in.
With dark brown sides and shelves,
and wall paneling visible through the back,
I knew right away that it would be painted.
Everything except the back was painted white.
To cover the back, I cut pieces of cardboard to the right size,
and then wrapped each piece with remnant fabric left over from reupholstering the couch.
When I think of it, there was really no rhyme or reason to the items placed on these shelves.
We moved in with pieces from my shop needing to be stored away,
there were pictures of the kids I wasn't ready to keep packed away,
the World Book Encyclopedia books were still being used (pre www),
and I found myself with LOTS of shelves needing to be filled.
No rhyme or reason, things were just placed...
Along the way a few things have been removed for something being added,
but I pass by this area daily and other than a dusting every once in a while,
it doesn't get my attention.
It's just kind of there, tucked in the corner...
I'm paying attention to it now because this den will soon be a kitchen.
Packing everything away in boxes for now,
and will divvy up what stays and what goes when I unpack.
There's too much going on to worry about that right now,
but when all the dust settles...I am decluttering!
The great-room floors are almost finished so we will be moving the den furniture in there.
It is exciting,
but we will miss our cozy 70's paneled den.