Remember this post when I said I’d be blogging about turning our house into a home? Well, I’m happy to report that we are finally making some headway with those efforts! I mean, kind of, at least. But kind of is better than we’ve been doing, so whatevs I’ll take it.
Don’t know if I shared this with you, but I’ve been working with an interior designer from Caitlin Wilson to redo the living room (via e-design). I’ll be blogging alllllll about the experience of working with a designer, the pros and cons of e-design (working virtually with a designer), and eventually there will be a living room reveal so you can see what our finished product came out to be!
Step 1 in the makeover process: renovating our fireplace! I love that our house has a fireplace because I love the look of them, BUT let’s be serious – she’s in dire need of a tune-up. At first Chasee and I were thinking that we would simply level out the hearth and get rid of that ghastly, weird-as-crap box thingy on the left hand side so that the two sides are symmetrical. We also wanted to replace the mantle. And then we wanted to put bookcases on either side of the fireplace. But that’s the scope of what we were thinking we’d do.
But then, last weekend we had a contractor over to look at the fireplace and talk to him about the changes we wanted to make. And then it happened guys: my inner cray came oozing out and suddenly, all this talk about doing the bare minimum went right out the window and I found myself fully embracing the idea of a complete fireplace makeover. As in a total makeover. As in ooops this suddenly became a muuuuuch bigger project than we had originally planned. As in ‘Shannon, you’re ridiculous.’
Here’s the deal though guys: if you’re gonna do it, and you can figure out a way to do it cost-effectively, then just do the dang thang right the first time — amiright? Like as long as we’re not talking about breaking the bank or going into debt or not being able to buy diapers and food for our children, go big or go home — right?
So here’s our new plan for the fireplace makeover:
- Remove hearth completely.
- Match hardwood underneath hearth to the existing hardwood in the living room (honestly, this is the part I’m most nervous about. Woof.)
- Re-face the fireplace with a pretty (but not crazy expensive) material. I’m thinking tile? I really love love love the way this fireplace looks.
- Replace mantle with something white and beautiful.
- Buy customized shelving to put on either side of the fireplace. Preferably something with doors at the bottom for storage that won’t be visible, and a pretty, decorative crown molding at the top. (the ideal for this part would obvi be built-in bookcases, buuuuuut those seem to cost a small fortune so I’m not getting my hopes up that we’ll be able to swing that.)
- Lastly, we’ll be hanging the TV and figuring out how to hide chords and technology and all that jazz. Don’t ask me how we’ll be doing that yet though, cuz I have no flippin’ clue.
So there you have it! That’s the plan.
NOW TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS!
Have any of you done this before?
Anything I should know about before pulling the trigger on this thang?
Here are some more pics of the existing situation and then what we plan to change. I also have some fireplace inspiration below (all from my Pinterest). Let me know what you think!
Fireplace Makeover Plan of Action:
Thanks for your input guys!
Have a Wishing Well Wednesday!
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