Friday, November 6, 2009

Before and After




Before he visited....

You may have guessed by my lack o'posts that we have been working on some things... and we have!! Perhaps you caught sight of Papa Mike in a few pics... Well, he is one of those people who are blessed with the ability to create, and while we love him visiting simply because he is my dad, an added bonus is his ability to help bring to fruition the ideas that pop into my head. I have been staring at the above for years now.. and every Christmas when it is time to hang the stockings I have dutifully precisely measured and hung those command hooks, and dreamed of the day when we would have a house with a mantle again.

Well, I told my dad about my little problem, and also how we had been using the fireplace for a library storage area... and look what he did!!



You'd think that after 30 years of him as my dad the beauty of a thing created would be old hat. Not at all... Everytime it catches my eye I am warmed by the thought that he made this. Granted he has made us many things... a laudry room, a bathroom, and a wrap around deck included, but this latest addition is right in the center of our house, right it would seem where a father's love belongs.

A friend's mom has suggested a cushion for that whole hearth area, and painting the inside of the fireplace black.. I have no idea about what type of fabric to choose, but am enamored with the new look!! Thanks dad!!

6 comments:

brooke said...

He is as talented as YOU! I LOVE it! I think the black will look amazing and the seat, BRILLIANT!

Katherine said...

that looks beautiful!

sewthriftycollection said...

i love it.. go dad! i think you should leave the brick color in the fire place it makes it brighter... and for your seat...ummm something vintage paisely or that resembles wall paper with burnt red, tanish gold a little dark green and blue.

Andrea said...

Beautiful! No wonder you smile every time you pass it by.

Heather said...

Wow, your dad is amazing!!! He did such a great job with the mantle, I can only imagine what the laundry room, deck and bathroom look like. I also love the bookshelf on the side of the fire place. Your home looks so cute and inviting. I'm coming over for a visit.LOL

Ty and Andi said...

AWESOME! I also really love the kitchen island! I need to come over and learn a few things...