Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Den Fireplace Transformation || Reveal

Finally...the fireplace refacing is complete!   I am so excited to share with you the truly dramatic transformation that this fireplace/built-in self has undergone! 
 Like I have said from the beginning of this project...there wasn't anything wrong with the floor to ceiling just wasn't my style!   This new craftsman style fireplace just gives so much more dimension to the room.   The crown molding, custom woodworking - THANK YOU DAD - and new dramatic mantel just make me want to sing and shout and let it all out! 
oh yes and who doesn't also LOVE the Fancy Pantsy new Tile surround!  You can read about that Phase of the project {HERE}.
so to jog your is a shot of my Inspiration...I posted all about it {HERE}.  I have to say that aside from a few modifications...I think I nailed it!
 and now for my favorite...Before and Afters!

 and close ups!
so for those of you who are actually looking for the detailed posts on how I accomplished this major project you can jump back and see how things progressed!
Final Phases were adding the woodwork, trim and crown molding
oh yes and the Mantel...what a disaster that was!   I can't even attempt to "how to" that beast of a project...but none the less we I have lessons learned 
1) I have poor geometry skills.  2) measure twice cut once.  3) always get a second opinion like from someone who knows what they are doing Dad.
and now that the Brick Fireplace Refacing is complete we have slated sometime post baby to add cabinets to the sides/bottom halves of these built-ins and then also install some under shelf lighting.
And lets not forget to address the useless ceiling light that we have in here and oh and yes I need some new fab artwork to hang!
So once the Holiday Hoopla slows down I can get back to work on the garage dreamin' project!  Remember that BIG Project I started and stopped so I could indulge in this new fireplace!?! Well we are about to complete phase 3 of 5 and things are progressing.  Well only because my Dad is Amazing and continues to donate his DIY genius and priceless time to my crazy Ideas!  I'm spoiled to have his help..but HE created the DIY monster I've become so how could he not want to help out and see what type of crazy I'm getting myself into!  
PS did I mention that my in-laws got me a 9 gallon shop vac for my Birthday!  Woot Woot!!! The other day I spent 2 hours vacuuming that was pure joy.



  1. Truly lovely Katie. Your new fireplace wall even surpasses your inspiration mock-up ... the style of moulding detail on the surround is perfect. Happiest of holiday wishes to you and yours. {Dad deserves something extra special under the tree!}

    1. Thanks so much! We are really loving how different the room feels! And YES my Dad is seriously a rock-star!

  2. It's gorgeous! I love the crisp, clean classic look of the molding and tiles. You definitely nailed it!

  3. Oh my goodness Katie that looks amazing!! I love the molding details. It completely transforms the room!

    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

  4. Katie, this is absolutely lovely! Very classy and crisp. That molding is hott!. ;) lol Fantastic work!

    Ha! My garage project is put on hole until warmer weather. It is a mess from the snow we have been having. I am looking forward to seeing what you and your dad have done. Looks like we both got new shop vacs! Woo-Hoo! ;)

  5. Wow! I love this! What a great transformation. Isn't molding such a wonderful friend?! lol Go dad! :) How is your garage coming along?


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