I’m pretty proud of all my work, but, every now and then I complete a project that just comes together beautifully and brings a smile to my face when I step back and have a look.
This is the case when I completed one of my earliest fireplace makeovers a couple of years ago.
The builder, as most builders seem to do, gave them just an awful looking fireplace. Nothing more than a firebox in the wall with some tile around it.
My client wanted something that was more asthetically pleasing, had lots of storage and they wanted to mount their flat screen TV above it. They also wanted to install in wall speakers and be able to hide all the wiring.
The first thing I did was remove all the old tile and install the mount for the TV. You’ll notice the two holes in the wall which were cut to enable the wiring from the TV to pass down through the wall and into the hollow fireplace mantle. You can also see the sketch of the new mantle, surround and cabinetry on the wall. This was done so that I could see exactly where holes needed to be and to help position the in-wall speakers.
Next began the work of building the cabinets and fireplace surround. A base was built of 1 X 6 pine then stock Ikea upper kitchen cabinets were mounted. I used a large corner unit to house all the AV components. The fireplace surround was constructed piece by piece from MDF. You can see the in-wall speakers are in place, the TV is mounted and all the wiring runs down through the wall and into the back of the cabinetry.
More MDF was added to begin the mantle and decorative trim was installed.
The mantle was finished off with crown moulding, tops were added to the side cabinets and new tile was laid on the surround and the hearth.
A new coat of paint in the room (Sun-Dried Tomato) was chosen to really make the new fireplace stand out and become the focal point it should have been all along.
Lastly, the brass trim on the fireplace screen was spray painted black as we felt the brass was a bit dated. Crown moulding, an area rug and a few new furniture items completed the room.
What a dramatic difference! This family room is now warm and inviting, with a much better use of space and tons of additional storage.