Hi! Did you have a nice weekend? 😀
Our adoption caseworker, Meredith, emailed on Friday and said that we are only lacking one more signature on the paperwork that will legally make Sweet P our son, so we are excited to see what this month *hopefully* brings! Can’t help think about 2-26. (Read these posts if you’d like to hear more about the *possible* significance of that date: 2-26 Part One and 2-26 Part Two)
On the home front, we’re sticking our Stikwood on the newly-built cabinet and fireplace frame later this week. Which reminds me, when I posted this video last week:
…someone left a comment on Instagram that said, “I love the decor, but I’m confused. Why is she so small compared to everything around her?“. Made me giggle when I re-watched the video from her perspective- ha!
I thought I’d share a couple of photos that show more of the room a little better today to clear up the confusion. First, here’s a pulled-back shot of how every thing is laid out:
Note: The planks on the right side of the fireplace are painted Simply White, but the planks on the left side of the fireplace still only have primer on them. Kevin’s going to finish painting them this week. Oh, and we’ve decided that we will plank the wall on the far left one day, too, since everything else is so symmetrical.
Note: Notice I said planks. Our boards aren’t shiplap, they’re tongue-and-groove planks. Shiplap, by definition, is “boards that have been milled so that the top and bottom of each piece has a rabbet joint, so they can be stacked as siding“. Here’s a good illustration of what that looks like:
Okay, now back to the height of the built-ins.
The ceiling in our living room is 10 feet tall and I’m 5′-5″. I wanted the cabinets (there will be another one on the left side of the fireplace eventually) to be just a little shorter than the mantel, A) so we could fill them with LOTS of shelves and really put them to good use), and B) so the fireplace would “win” as the focal point of that wall.
I also get a lot of comments about taking the built-ins all the way up to the ceiling, but I don’t want to do that for three reasons:
1- Like I mentioned, I want the fireplace to win as the focal point.
2- The ceiling is 10-feet tall, and those spaces are 5+ feet wide. I feel like the last thing I need is a wall full of cubbies and shelves for displaying hundreds of decorative items that we really don’t need, and that will probably just collect dust anyway. I feel like what I need is storage that really works hard for things we really use. I’m picturing the built-in cabinet on the right filled with toys, and games, and puzzles, and books, and various things that Kevin and I need to store and have easy access to. The built-in on the left will house the TV and whatever else we decide to store below that. And, yes, we’re still planning to build the tall cabinets on the opposite side of the room to store my work stuff in, too. (The living room didn’t know that it would also serve as an “office” one day, but it’s much less expensive than adding an office on!)
And the third reason I don’t want to extend the built-in cabinets up to the ceiling is because:
3- With the exception of the doors, the built-in cabinet on the right side of the fireplace is already done! 🙂
Alright, excuse my messy hair (I had just gotten back from playing in the park with a 4-year-old friend), but here’s a shot of me standing next to the built-in cabinet on the right:
Unlike in the video, you can see the ceiling and the sofa there, so maybe that will also help answer the question about why I looked so tiny in it? 😀 I’m so excited to blog about the (Reclaimed Weathered Wood Gray) Stikwood we’re going to stick to it next Monday.
And, y’all, just for fun, we propped some of the (Sierra Gold) Stikwood (in no particular order) up against the wall to see how our soon-to-be sliding shutter is going to (kind of) look and I just LOVE it!
Lots of fun stuff to keep myself busy with while we wait for word about our Sweet P’s decree. It’s coming any day now, y’all. I just know it! 😀