Here's a few before photos:
As you can see, all the woodwork is stained dark brown - not our taste & it makes everywhere look so dark - so Hubby's going to paint it all white.
We've also managed to get hold of a fireplace surround so we've taken the shelf above the gas fire down.
There are built-in cupboards in each alcove, which have been really handy for storing my growing crochet supply stash! These will also be painted white.
As of now, this is what the room looks like:
I think the plan is to get the ceiling painted next & then all of the woodwork.
It's all exciting stuff!!