With the weather getting cooler, it’s time to start lighting those fireplaces! The focal point of any living room, fireplaces need to be carefully considered. Selecting the right style and decor is key.
With our home remodel, one of the first things to go was the fireplace. As you can see, it was very large, outdated, and took up unnecessary space in the living room. Since space was a challenge, we wanted to create the illusion of a bigger area. Constructing a built-in aspect from floor to ceiling to help the room look larger was our solution.
We started the demo by using a sledge hammer and other tools to remove the rock. Following the clean-up, we started on the built-in entertainment center surrounding the fireplace. Starting with the cabinet boxes on each side of the fireplace, we then built the face frames.
Once the cabinets were in place, the top was finished with three different trim pieces. The crown molding was the last piece of the puzzle to give a more built-in look. We ran PVC-pipe into the left side of the cabinets to hide the TV’s cords.
Finally, We designed the mantel above the fireplace by stacking two pieces of crown molding on top of one another to create a sense of depth and grandeur. We filled the joint gaps and spray-painted it all white using Cedar Key paint. Once it was all painted we started on the stone for the fireplace.
To break up the all- white built-in and add some character, we decided on a classic, natural slate with multiple stone depths and colors.
This post was written by Morgan Molitor and Jamie Molitor of Construction2Style. Together, they blog about home renovations, remodels, and home decor.