Oct 8, 2013

Fireplace Fixup Stage III - Finish It

I get it, you're bored silly from a 5-pack of fireplace posts.  Let's finish it.  Then we can move on to more important topics, such as do you like it on top or bottom.

Stage III was cut and nail the wall trim, bolt the steel TV mount through brick (not simple, drill bit was smoking hot), snag a 1950s Umanoff reed rocker and hit my dusty junk with a lemon wet nap.

It finished clean, looking both techno and retro. 



Picky on flat panel selection, wanted something 1" thick with barely a frame edging the glass.  Float the screen and hide all cords.  Over-the-air HD antenna pokes out the top...I'll find a way to tuck it.




The Samsung LED TV only burns 30 watts, so we keep a USB full of family photos slide-showing as moving art.  Or a pizza if we're hungry.



Progression in pictures.  25 hours of work, I'll cry if you say it looked better untouched and should have left well enough alone.  Many layers here for a small project:  demolition, tuckpointing brick, leaking cat from hell, refinishing parts of the oak floor by hand and more. 

Stage 0:



Stage 1:


Stage 1.5:



Stage II:


Stage 2.5:



Stage III:








Stage IV
Pigtails wants me to make her a reading nook beneath a bookshelf.  It won't take much, maybe a small beanie chair, lamp and table.  I'd rather put in a soft-serve ice cream machine in the corner.


The living room's been red for seven years, it's probably time to repaint.  Perhaps something along these lines, shade of blue and charcoal gray.  Has anyone done darker trim with lighter walls, the opposite of what you normally see in homes?



-Beard

40 comments:

  1. It's looking good, and I like your paint chips. We're itching for a fireplace makeover, ourselves.

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    1. Go for it, all you need is a hammer and assembly should take 15 minutes.

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  2. Shaker style often has darker trim than the walls (well, they tended to have white walls with coloured trim anyway). If I were you, I would paint that gorgeous blue grey everywhere and then decide whether or not to do the trim. I think you might like it with the white and it will feel so much lighter and airier. The fireplace is looking good just a bit top heavy right now but I know you aren't finished. I hate to say this but I think a mantel of some sort might help balance it out... #duckingforcover

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    1. "Mantel..."

      I'm crying.

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  3. I really love the swatch on the right- I like a richer tone to pop against the white of the cabinets and fireplace.

    Overall it looks fantastic! With all that fancy ambiance, you're going to start hosting B&P The Voice viewing parties now? Right?? I'll bring the popcorn.

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    1. Curls is giving me a hard time about The Voice pic, never watched the show but Pigtails' taking a liking.

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  4. Ohhhh....I really liked it at stage II. You should have stopped there. Just kidding - it looks amazing!!! If it were my living room, I'd go light. Sample on the left. But I have 3 little boys in a white house. Call me crazy. Looking forward to what you decide...

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    1. "Stop at stage II..."

      More crying.

      Thinking blue gray walls and charcoal grey trim.

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    2. I was sooo glad to hear the red is going. Don't get me wrong - it's a wonderful colour, but your walls need something fresh. Swatch on the right looks like poop... The charcoal trim will give the room oomph and manliness (if that's a word).
      Great inspiration: http://www.houzz.com/grey-wall

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    3. Right sample is what I'm calling charcoal gray. Is that poopy or are you talking the left one?

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    4. Hehe, the monitor must be colourblind :-) Talking about right swatch. Looks more brown than charcoal gray.

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    5. It does have an air of feces in the photos. More gray and less poopy in real life.

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  5. AWESOME update. Very techno cool - flat screen on brick!
    What paint colour did you use on your fireplace (perhaps mentioned earlier, but....) it looks like a muted white which is nice.
    I like the red. but if you are ready go for it. Dark trim with lighter walls...I have seen it done in magazines and look works - but I painted a room - peacock blue walls with a brownish trim and I dont like it. Maybe its the colour I chose (which was recommend on the peacock blue paint swatch); ... But Im sure you can find lots of pictures on pinterest to see how it will look in a bigger room like yours.

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    1. Fireplace color is called nimbus cloud, sort of a gray white with tiny bit of blue. The blue was on purpose, since the rest of the living room will likely end up a shade of blue.

      http://t.homedepot.com/p/Glidden-DUO-8-oz-MSL262-Martha-Stewart-Living-Nimbus-Cloud-Interior-Paint-Sample-GLD-MSL262/203448431

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  6. This looks so great! And the posts weren't boring at all- it's nice to watch a project unfold in real time and follow your train of thought. Is the swatch on the right supposed to be charcoal? The pale blue would be beautiful.

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    1. Correct, I'm calling the right sample charcoal gray. Maybe light blue walls with darker trim.

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  7. We have dark trim and lighter walls. Although technically our trim is "natural timber", which I think falls into a different category than painted a colour. (meranti is our timber and our walls are different throughout the house, but all definitely lighter) I like your red. Understandable however that you are looking for a change. The pale blue sounds nice and would open up the space. That other swatch does not read charcoal or grey on my monitor, but what I picture being charcoal grey would go nicely. I agree with the earlier suggestion, to try it out with your light trims and go from there. You might be surprised. It would be easier to do this, than go dark, hate it and then have to motivate yourself to paint them light again. On another note, there was no mention of any other furniture, other than the rocker. What happened to it? Pigtails on the floor, the girl needs a reading nook. You CAN do better than a bean bag (beanie chair) we've all seen your work. All the DIY bloggers have some sort of reading/book nook, you can source for ideas. It's come a long way and looks great. I think there are a few more finishes touches before it will be finished for living so that you and Pigtails are 100% satisfied. Thanks for sharing as always, and thanks for listening.

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    1. Pigtails also sleeps outside with a rock for a pillow. Just kidding, the same furniture is there that always has been. She enjoys chilling on the floor plus she was downing a bucket of eggplant Parmesan.

      I'll try your idea of white trim, bluish walls and maybe experiment with one test area of darker trim.

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  8. Looks great! Why don't you put your hands together - I don't see why a reading nook shouldn't have a soft-serve machine. ;)

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    1. 10-4, checking Craigslist now for gently used soft serve machines.

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  9. I like the blue-gray walls with charcoal gray trim. So I LOVE the makeover!! And the pigtails reading nook would be awesome, I made a little simple one for my son and he uses it almost every day and he's just learning how to read.

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    1. Could you send me a photo of your nook? I'm gathering ideas and curious what others have done.

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  10. I'm another vote for a new color. I dig white trim, though, opposed to switching it to light walls, dark trim. Just my opinion, though.
    I think the reading corner sounds fun. And it's good to see there's another "Voice" junkie out there. Even if it is someone 1/3 my age. :)

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    1. She also likes Andy Griffith and I Dream of Jeannie reruns, taking it old school.

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  11. Looks great, but had to lol at "hit my dusty junk with a lemon wet nap".

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    1. I thought that sounded better than "polishing my wood."

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  12. Yeay for reading nook!! ANd get her a handful of real then books then ;-)

    Love the TV, Beard. Am carefully tilting my screen away so the husband don't see it.

    As for the colours - I don't know if light trim on colour would necessarily work - it usually goes with an older style, Shaker etc, while your's is more modern home that needs less visual fuss. But looking forward to see what you decide!

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    1. You know what, I'd say take off the shelves. You might have to come up with a nifty new plan for your reading nook, but hey, that's what Pinterest's for.

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    2. What the h, I just put the hammer and drill away. Briefly considered removing bookcases, noticed there is no brick facade there with bookcases removed so would require some heavy duty patching. Will figure something out for the nook, could you stop over to help?

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    3. Anonymous10/11/2013

      I second losing the box bookcases either side of the fire, they're not aweful by any means, but how about replacing with some chunky floating shelves instead for a more modern look? and oh my I do love me some grey walls with natural wood floors- just did the same in my 1967 ranch- really makes the floors pop. I went with a chunky white base board (again, love the contrast with the floor), but I bet a darker color trim could look great too

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    4. On my way Beard, just quickly winning the local Lotto :-) Always wanted to see the US cornfields.
      Seconding Anonymous above.

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  13. I think it looks great. An amazing transformation.

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  14. Anonymous10/12/2013

    It looks awesome, and it probably didn't cost a whole heckuva lot, which is my favorite kind of home transformation (most yield, you know?) Question: where did you get that TV? I've been scouring amazon for just that kind of framing and cannot locate...
    Sarah

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    1. The firplace was mostly a time thing, didn't cost much other than a new boob tube. There are a few more things I plan to do, total cost not counting TV will be less than one hundred bucks.

      Search for Samsung F7100 on Amazon. Online is the way to go. Similar price to local big box stores, but 'zon delivers for free, two dudes bring it in, unpack and plug it in to ensure everything works before they leave.

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  15. I really like what you did with the fireplace, although if it were my place I would probably build floor to ceiling bookcases.

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    1. We don't have any hardbacks.

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  16. Recognized your pic on Lifehacker today!!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up, they didn't ask to use that photo. I'll ask them what's up with that.

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