New Fireplace and Mantel

So, remember I told you that a new look is coming to my fireplace?  It's all done and I love it!

It's definitely the WOW that's been needed in my family room.

Remember, this is what it looked like a little over a week ago:

First thing we needed to do was remove the tile and frame in the arched opening.

I went back and forth, trying to decide if I should keep the opening.  I did love the light inside, but it would have been more expensive to keep the opening (because there would have been more stone needed) and I think the arch was too low and it wouldn't have looked right, so my husband framed it in.  We left a little note behind the new wall, for anybody who decides to open up this wall 100 years from now ;)

Next up was the installation of the mantel.  I found this awesome mantel online and got it while it was on sale.  I was a little nervous, because I wasn't 100% confident that it wasn't going to look cheap. I was pleasantly surprised when it showed up at my door step less than a week from placing the order.

I would totally recommend this mantel to anybody!  It's great quality for the price. My trim carpenter said that he couldn't hardly buy the materials for the price of this finished mantel, so he was impressed too.  He installed the mantel for us.

The next day, the masonry guys were here for most of the day and put up the cultured stone:

I already knew I was loving it, even at this half finished stage.

That mantel is just waiting for our Christmas stockings to hang from it ;)

I still need to paint the wall around the top of the stone and clean up those edges and I need to finish removing the blue tape from the mantel (it's there from when the trim carpenters taped it off while installing the stone.) 

I am SO loving my new family room fireplace look!  I've been waiting for a mantel since we built this place 6 1/2 years ago, so it's been long awaited.  It finally feels finished.  I just need to decorate it now.

Check out the before and after, side by side:

... and for any of you that are interested, here is the source list:

Mantel: The Auburn 60" Mantel Shelf
Stone: Boral's Country Ledgestone Cultured Stone in Chardonnay Color
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Camelback
Bookcase/Trim Color:  Sherwin Williams Antique White

May you be a little inspired!
Until next time,
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A New Look is Coming to My Fireplace

Hello, Hello!

Once again, it's been way too long since I've posted on the blog.  Life is busy with a baby!  My littlest guy is 8 months old today.  How in the world did that happen? That's only 4 months away from his first birthday. WOW!! I can't even believe that!  He keeps me busy. Not just him, but I'm busy with my Etsy shop too, and being a wife and mom to five guys, and lots of little projects.

Anywhoo... Even though I haven't been posting, I have a LOT of posts thought up in my head.  I just haven't gotten around to writing them up. I mean a LOT!  I'm always changing things around in my house and really, since baby Cruz came along, it hasn't changed much.  I'm still moving things around and making some minor changes and some MAJOR ones too...

Today I'm showing you the before photos of a major change that's happening in my family room.  I'm so excited, because demo has started on my fireplace wall and soon and very soon I will have a brand new look in my family room!

I've been dreaming of having my fireplace finished, with mantle and all, since the day we moved in, 6 1/2 years ago. 

Christmas is right around the corner and I can't wait to hang stockings from a real mantle this year! I'm going to be able to, because I'm getting a mantle and cultured stone in the next few days.

These are the before photos...

 ...and this is what it looked like yesterday before we started demo:
... this wall is ready for a facelift ;)

The tile has been removed (I'll show you photo's in another post.) The opening will be framed in tonight, the mantle will go on tomorrow and the stone will go up on Thursday.

I'm SOOOOO excited!

Did you notice that my coffee table is in the process of being painted too? I WILL finish that soon.

Oh yeah and above the fireplace is partly painted too.  Before my hubby & I decided that now is a good time to get the mantle and stone done, I thought about painting the whole thing.  I was considering painting the tile too, but then I got the ok to do it up right.

Oh and the backs of my bookcases, those are 1/2 painted too.  I decided that I better wait till the stone goes up before deciding on a color for the backs of those. 

Yep, that's how I roll sometimes! A million, 1/2 finished projects.

This fireplace wall project should be done by the weekend and I will definitely be showing you the finished product.

May you be a little inspired!
Until next time,
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