A Living Room Transformation: Project Fireplace Makeover Part II


You know that feeling you get when you walk into your home and every part of it sparks a warm memory? That is the home we are setting out to achieve. Right now we still have cold corners, ugly bathrooms and less than stellar bedrooms. Don’t get me started on the popcorn ceiling. Oh my goodness the popcorn ceiling. We have a long ways to go. But, in this last week, more progress was made…to the living room at least. And I can’t stop staring at it.

But first, let me run through what has been done up to that point.

We had our work cut out for us. The room was bare. It was missing trim around the windows and entryways, was painted a hideous tan, lit by an ugly old ceiling fan, and had no hint of character or focal point.

To begin, we replaced the fan with a lantern style light, which was a pain in the rear. It took us two days to figure out it was broken. My arms hurt for days from having to hold the piece up as Jared wired and rewired it eleventy billion times. Thank God my father is an electrician and walked us through the steps with the replacement. It shouldn’t have been so difficult. Moral of the story—ask for help early in the process if you don’t know what you are doing, especially when it comes to electricity.

We then added trim around the windows and framed the entryways. Again, thanks Dad for assisting! He has taught us so much. Adding trim definitely changed the look at the room. It is finally starting to look like a big boy and girl living room!

Now that brings us to our most recent project.

Our mission was to incorporate a focal point in the living room. A focal point is one of the key aspects of turning your house into a home, simply because you are able to customize a generic space and make it your own.

We chose the fireplace.

See the transformation:

We painted the tiles white, “ship-lapped” the top portion, and decorated. Now we have the focal point we wanted. Now we have the living room full of warmth and character we were going for.

I absolutely love the way the wooden mirror looks against the white wood. The peace lily and simple green wreathe add the touch of nature and life I want in every room of my home. The wooden candle sticks were an easy pic—Jared’s grandfather made them, and we used them in our wedding ceremony. The pottery is from my mother.

Each piece has a wonderful memory or good feeling attached. A mere glance at our transformed fireplace gives me the feeling of home we desire.

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