It’s been over a year since we moved into our home in Denver and I’m excited to finally share the hardest and the most rewarding transformation – our den. With the openness of the room, I saw potential in it instantly when we first did our walk through. Now for the ugly part – the before photos! The pro’s – we fell in LOVE with the wood burning stove, windows overlooking our backyard, skylights, open feel, and the cool little ledge that we threw all our photos on once we moved in.
The con’s – I HATE carpet, especially when it’s a beige color that just looks dirty all the time and has burn marks from the stove! What else? The brown trim, off white paneled walls, boob lights, the ugly hearth stone, and the fact that they had installed copper piping as a curtain rod. We first started off with the easy tasks: pulling out the carpet, removing the trim, outlets, copper curtain rod. We then moved onto the heavy lifting: taking out the stove, smashing up and removing the hearth stone, and pulling out all the paneling.
I really started to feel the room come together once we installed the new drywall, rewired our outlets, and I got to paint all the walls my favorite Super White color by Benjamin Moore. With a concrete slab, we shied away from our normal choice of putting down hardwood floors as we didn’t want to deal with any potential cupping issues, so tile was the next option. I had envisioned black slate tile and spent hours trying to find just the right look. It had to be durable, polished (but not high gloss), and within our budget. After scouring the internet, we finally checked out our local Floor & Decor where Zach found this amazing slate tile that had just a hint of blue tint to it. I went back and forth between several tile colors for under the stove before going more “fancy” with a polished marble mosaic look. So tile laying commenced after we installed the DITRA and with the help of my father got the tile laid in just two weekends.
I think one reason why this project was so intense, as aside from the intense tile laying in the dead of winter, was that we were pretty much replicating the same work in the dining room, right next door to the den (those photos to come along soon). Stay tune for the inspiration and after photos of my favorite room in our house!