My Parents’ Visit aka Project Week

I’m gonna to have to reinvent you. Break you down completely, and build you up from scratch. -Jenna, 30 Rock

My parents just left this morning, and I’m happily re-cooperating from their 6 day visit. So much of the visit was wonderful, but 6 days is a long time to have house guests, and it is so nice having the place to myself again.

While they were here, they gave us a wonderful gift-built ins for the family room! They turned out better than I ever could have hoped. The room looks so cozy and put together now. Here’s a few shots of my worker bees getting everything built.

And here is a terribly fuzzy before shot. from Halloween, but it shows how we had it decorated prior to the built ins. See how cluttered it made the room, having Monkey’s crate in there? The dark bookcases made the room look so small as well. I could kick myself for not taking better before shots!


And here is the room now. I am so in love with how it turned out! I love having the tv off the floor stand display and mounted on the wall. I think it makes it almost look like it’s in it’s own frame. I can’t wait to fill the shelves with fun knit knacks too.

Aren’t they beautiful? My Pops did an amazing job. We are so grateful that all we paid was the cost of materials, and then we fed them for the week. πŸ™‚ It was a steal!

Now we’re doubly motivated to paint our kitchen cabinets white to match. But I think those will have to wait til after Piglet is born.

The rest of the trip we managed to squeeze in some relaxation time by the firepit, and we enjoyed lunch downtown. My mama took me shopping, and she bought Piglet’s baby shower gift early-a pack ‘n play! It’s so cute, and it’ll be perfect for travel and for when Piglet is a newborn and sleeping in our room.

Even though my mom and I had a mini argument or two regarding Piglet and when she’s going to visit (more on that later) all in all it was a great week. I’m so grateful for my parents and all of their help. It was so nice having them in our home and being able to work on a project together.

Now I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas next month!!



    looks wonderful!!! it really brighten the room up tremendously!!

    i’m glad that all in all you had a nice time with your family there. i hope they didn’t let you do anything other than ring that bell πŸ™‚


    Oh, I love it! It looks so so good.

    I see Twilight. I see Hunger Games. I see HP. Great start to the shelves. πŸ™‚

    Sarah Kate

    Those are beautiful!!!!! And how cool to only have to pay for the cost of materials! That’s definitely a steal! They really completely remake the room!

    So what was this fight over? She wants to come stay with you for 6 weeks the day after Piglet comes home, right? ;o) That’s what my mom would say…


    This is awesome! I have wanted to do something like this around our fireplace for a long time now, but I don’t know anyone quite that handy. πŸ™‚


    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I’m super jealous and I can’t wait till I have a house I can do this with! My grandmother always use to say, “Guests and Fish sneak after 3 days.” And I think that is true because after about three days I find myself craving my routine and personal space. I don’t care if it’s my very best friend!

    Meghan Furst

    I can’t believe how nice this makes your room look! A room like this literally makes your whole house look classy.


    Love love the shelves!! They seriously look so awesome! Wow- totally changes the space.

    And glad you had a good visit overall.


    WOW, the shelves look BEAUTIFUL! That’s a remarkable before/after! I wish I had some crafty people in the family πŸ™‚

    Uh oh… a fight, huh? I’m going to say she wants to move in temporarily after baby is born, right??

    Hope you had a very nice time with your parents in the end–I know how much you were looking forward to having them!

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    leroy graham

    My small den looks very similar to yours, you did a great job on yours, you have given me some good ideas on how to enhance my room, about much would you estimate the cost.

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