About 4 weeks ago, Scott and I started our latest home renovation project: Built Ins! We have a "Formal Living Room" in the front of our house that, until now, has been completely useless. We don't have "formal" furniture (nor would I want such a ridiculous thing...no offense to those of you who do) and we spend most of our time in the Family Room anyway.
Here are a couple pictures taken when the previous family was still in our house. The first one is kinda dark, and the second one is kinda small, but between the two you can get an idea.
So that is the "Way Before" picture. The first thing Scott and I did in this room was to paint it the same color as our Dining Room.
As you can see, our choice of furniture was lacking. So 4 weeks ago, Scott and I finally decided to do something about this room. We went to Lowe's and bought these:
They are the basic, unfinished wall cabinets for the kitchen. They were on sale 15% off that day, so we got them for under $100 a piece.
Scott cut the carpet to the width of the cabinets, then built a platform to raise them up just a bit. Installing these was the easy part.
Before: Useless Room
After: Beautiful Library!
I found these very cool magazine holders at West Elm, on sale for $12.99 a piece.
Linking this post to A Soft Place to Land's DIY Day.