Our previous house was a historic 1929 bungalow. The white washed walls are finished. The three back-band pieces are glued and nailed together, I then joined the front mantle to the side pieces with a biscuit and glue. This time we were smarter about it and focused on getting the colors balanced and getting the pieces to generally fit together.
This room is a welcoming and contemporary space, where the fireplace is not the main focus , but cleverly placed as the divider in the living area. I’ve enlarged the floor to 8′ 6″ wide and insulated the short walls with fiberglass and foil foamboard insulation.
Luckily there are small changes (like switching out light bulbs) and big changes (like installing a new fireplace mantel ) that can give your living room a new look and won’t turn into a major DIY project, or turn your home into a construction site. The original house had small, compartmentalized rooms and we wanted to open up these spaces and take advantage of a more open floor plan and the spectacular view.
You can paint or stain a wood mantel to match the décor of your room. Carol Agee is the vice president of Agee Woodworks, which has been handcrafting wood fireplace mantels of impeccable style and quality for almost 10 years. We pulled out all the metal drywall corner joints and then removed the drywall which revealed the wood frame for the mantle.
The walls were painted Greige by Sherwin Williams , and lastly, the floors were updated with new carpet. I wanted a more traditional” hearth and we had extra brick from the house, so it seemed like a perfect idea to me 🙂 Previously, there was just white (stained with soot) tile and white wood columns on each side with a small mantle at the top.