And this is the railing all painted up!
My husband made a very nice cherry cabinet for the fish tank to sit on, and I love how he made a matching detail on the side of the fish cabinet with what he did on the bookshelf he made some years ago (which is right beside it):
The cabinet & tank were brought up from the basement last night, and the tank is now full of water and will run for the next couple of days before we can put the fish in.
The whole assembly is quite tall ... and hides my lovely painted railings :[ I put the black basket on the shelf for those ugly fishy necessities (fish food, net, etc), but think I'll get a couple of wicker baskets instead (Ikea has a nice selection).
|A nice comparison of what the railings used to look like & their improvement!|
This is the view as you come in the front door. I don't particularly like that black filter hanging off the back like that, but nothing can be done there. I've always wanted to make a small wall hanging to hang off this banister so that it blocked the view straight into my kitchen. The fish tank blocks the view very well now. Still, it hasn't made me change my mind about the wall hanging ... maybe this winter I can work on that. Can you see that tiny glimpse of yellow through that doorway on the kitchen walls? Next project :\
And just because I'd like to brag about my husband's craftsmanship a bit more, here is the beautiful low bookshelf he made several years ago:
All cherry. The best thing about cherry is that it darkens with age. Our grandfather clock is also cherry so these three pieces will all darken away as the years roll by. This is a good example of the furniture clutter in my house ... tucked wherever we find room for it!
I couldn't give up the green brocade chair from my mom's house. As kids we used to call it the "Queen's Chair". I have this photo of my grandmother sitting in it too. The fabric was different then ... a beige brocade, but you can't really see that from this old scanned slide.
Anyway ... back to the present ... we just need to add the fish to the tank, and it's getting cold again out there and was even snowing a bit this morning! The fish are waiting patiently out there under the leaves & debris falling all over their pond.
One more day little guys ... hang in there!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a great weekend. My daughter is coming home and we're going on our annual mother-daughter trip to the Royal Winter Fair Horse Show tomorrow!! Ball gowns are optional :) seriously.