Yesterday, I showed you the second parlor, and today I’m sharing the first. It’s sparsely furnished right now, but if you were wondering where all of the toys were yesterday, ta da! The kids play in there a lot.
There’s a dedicated play room on the third floor, and the kids each have toys in their rooms, too, but they always get scattered around the house, don’t they? I want to be sure to keep a place for them downstairs, but we also have plans for the front parlor. It’s soon to be a library! Floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves will flank the window, with closed storage at the bottom (for toys), and a window seat between. We’re excited!
Here is the world’s most beautiful sketch.
I know; it’s a lot of wood. I’m not painting the trim oak trim throughout the first floor though, and I want these bookshelves to look like they belong with the house. There are a lot of details in the home that aren’t original, but the previous owners put a lot of care into making the new work blend with the old. We want to continue that.
On a budget? Less ornate trim and finishes in the house? I would wholeheartedly recommend IKEA shelving! Brandon and I lined the landing in our last home with Billy bookshelves, and we loved the look.
In a room like this one though, Billy bookcases (or any other IKEA shelves or hacks) would look cheap and out of place. I’d considered painting the bookshelves to blend in with the wall color, but everything else on the first floor is oak, and I think it would be best if the built-ins were too. The entryway has a sweeping wooden stairway and wood-paneled wall, the dining room has a large, wooden breakfront at one end, and the second parlor has a lot of wood in the windows, shutters, and fireplace. The built-ins will fit in and anchor the front parlor nicely.
We are going to hire out for this. I think that we could try to DIY it, but I worry that it would look like a DIY job. I have some construction skills, but I’m far from a master carpenter, and this is something I’d rather trust to a professional. I’m trying to do right by this painted lady.