11.25.2010

Fireplace Before and After....with some beadboard and trim thrown in.


Let's first take a walk down memory lane, shall we?  
Here is the family room on inspection day....note lovely orange beams.

Previous owners loved the dark 80's version of country.

Blurry pic, but you get the idea.

One week after moving in...silly kids, but good before shot of the fireplace.

Same day, looking in from the nook.  Cave.

Are ya ready for the AFTER?
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Ta da!


The room now feels HUGE, airy and bright!  

Beadboard ceiling and chandy (gonna put shades on I think).

 Just left of the fireplace...

Looking in from the kitchen nook.

The view from my couch....sigh.

Here's a closeup of the paint treatment I used on the brick.  

We'll be putting more of that same trim and a beefy crown molding under the mantel tomorrow.
My hubs worked sooooo hard getting the room put back together before company came for turkey.  
I put the last coat of paint on the trim this morning, 
and he was still wiring the lights an hour before my folks arrived! 



My youngest 4 are pretty darn excited about it too :)

Oh, and I finished my banner, see?  
Recognize that shelf?  It was in the first 'before' picture waaaaay up thar.

I'm thrilled with how the familyroom turned out, and can't wait to start decorating the room for Christmas....
EDITED:  Click here to see it Glitterfied for the Holidays.

I'll be bringing this post and some Little Debbies to the following parties this week:
Metamorphosis Monday @ BNOTP
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle
Project Diaries @ Stories Of A House
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House in the Roses

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Nifty Thrify Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Power of Paint Party @Domestically Speaking

Faded Charm: White Wednesday 
Before and After Party @ Savvy Southern Style
Re-Stored It Wednesday @ Re-Store Interiors
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage 
Hookin' Up with House of Hepworths 
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage
Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions

We Can Do It Cheaper @ The Virginia House 
Furniture Feature Friday @ Mustard Seed Creations
Fresh Coat Fridays @ Life in the Fun Lane
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home 
Show and Share Day @ Just a Girl
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Remodelaholic Friday Linky 

Catch as Catch Can @ My Repurposed Life
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Project Diaries @ Stories of a House
Simply Designing Link Party
Favorite Things Friday @ A Few of My Favorite Things

Feature Yourself @ Fingerprints on the Fridge
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Style Feature Saturday @ Perfectly Imperfect
Show and Tell Saturdays @ be different, act normal
Weekend Wrapup Party @ tatertots and jello
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming

Before and After Party @ Thrifty Decor Chick
Room Redo's 2010@ The Lettered Cottage

110 comments:

Leanne said...

Your fireplace is gorgeous and the room looks so much bigger now. I love the banner too.

Danielle said...

IT LOOKS AMAZING!!! Emphasis on the AMAZING!

cheryl said...

Oh girl..you got it going on in there now!! HOW BEAUTIFUL!!
I had a yearnin' for a lighter and brighter kitchen...now I have it! {almost!} I MUST get rid of the box lighting above the island, but man, is that ever givin' me fits b/c the builder installed it offset from middle. Meaning..it will not hang center of the center island. To have that happen, hubby will need to patch holds (like 4" holes!!) and move it all over. I'm in a quandry!!
IT looks MAHVELOUS DAHLING!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great makeover!! Great job.
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Becky C said...

Oh my Good Grief! This is absolutely a miracle...ya'll really outdid yourselves :) My hubby will be seeing these pics, and we will be painting our fireplace hearth real soon. THANKS for the inspiration. Not to mention popcorn ceiling redo- it's just stunning!
You must be so proud.
Blessings,
Becky C

Maddie Lumpkin said...

All I can say is "wow"!

Nana Moon Shop said...

What a difference! I love a beadboard ceiling, I have plans to do this in my basement. The fireplace is just stunning!
~Danylle

Suzan said...

What a transformation! You (and your crew!) did an incredible job.

sissie said...

Oh Cindy, how gorgeous! You have done a wonderful job transforming your space. So pretty and I love the mirror you chose for over the fireplace.

hugs
Sissie

Inspire Me Heather said...

Fantastic job - your fireplace looks soooo much better and the whole room looks lighter!

Susan said...

It looks phenomenal! Great job everybody ;o)

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!! Fabulous!

NanaDiana said...

Cindy! HOLY COW! (We say that a lot in Wisconsin). If I didn't know it I would swear it wasn't the same room/house! It looks amazing- make that AMAZING! It sure was worth all the hard work it took to make it that way now that it is done.

It looks like you had a wonderful family gathering. Can't wait to see what you do for Christmas!! Hugs my friend, Diana

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

You did good girl. It looks amazing..now start decorating for Christmas and make that room sparkle.
tammy

Brenda Kula said...

Cindy, the beadboard ceiling and the fireplace and the banners all look fantastic! I had the popcorn ceiling taken out of our bathrooms. Not doin' that again! I had respiratory infections for a month. I'll be putting the beadboard or something like it up when I do the rest of the ceilings. Can't wait to see your cozy and light spot all decked out for Christmas!
Brenda

C'est Magnifique said...

It looks great Cindy! I normally like "regular" brick fireplaces, but yours was such a huge expanse of brick, I can see how it would darken the room, I really like it now! And that bead board ceiling... Ahh!

Tania

Peggy said...

that is amazing! How you transformed that from dark to fabulous light was super. The room is so inviting now. Your hard work paid off and you have a beautiful room to enjoy. Peggy fro PA

gina3 said...

It's beautiful! Love the paint treatment on the bricks. That was a great decision to paint them. I know that beadboard ceiling was work but it sure paid off! It's one of my favorite things in there. Amazing transformation!

FairfieldHouse said...

Cindy,

What a beautiful transformation! It looks stunning. Kudos to you and your hubby! Was there a reason you used the bead board wall paper over the paneling? (Seems like so much more work!) Can't tell it's not 'real'!
Looking forward to seeing it decorated for Christmas. Thank you for the inspiration.

Your Friend,
Deborah

Chrissie said...

What an amazing transformation.You did an excellent job, I now it was well worth all of your efforts! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love how the fireplace turned out. The whole room looks good. I love the look of painted paneling. I've been trying to get a friend of mine to paint her paneling for ages. She has a fireplace just like your's and every time I'm over there...I wish I could grab a paint brush and paint it.

She likes it all dark though...ugh....

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Gorgeous paint job! The beadboard wallpaper turned out incredible on the ceiling. So impressed!

Claudia said...

Now this is what I call a transformation!!

Cindy it is not the same room at all. What an amazing change. Filled with light, beauty and all the result of your hard work (you and hubs.) BRAVO!

xo
Claudia

Rustique Gal said...

Cindy, this room is gorgeous! You guys did a great job. I love the beadboard ceiling and the fireplace is sweet and light. What a difference paint can make, right?
Sherry

Denise said...

wow, that is amazing! Nicely done!!

Anonymous said...

I love the bead board ceiling and also the color of your walls.
Please tell what you used to do your ceiling.... it is beautiful!!
And I need to know what the name of the color of your paint is too!

Melanie said...

Wow - can't believe the transformation! Looks like a totally different room. The fireplace is gorgeous.

Andrea said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Blessings,
andrea

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it is sooooo beautiful! now aren't you glad you painted that brick? what a breath of fresh air, cindy. i love it!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Wow. So much better! I love the paint treatment, your mirror, and your banners!

Traci said...

What a difference - it is so much brighter and classy!! What a huge improvement and a lot of hard work! I have a beadboard ceiling in my bathroom and I love it...And I love the paint treatment on your bricks. Stunning, I tell ya!

Steph @ BirdhouseFamily said...

Looks fabulous!

Danielle @ Savvy Chic Home said...

Cindy I just love it!! soooo much better and worth all the work. :)Can't wait for some christmas pictures :). p.s. I got some new shades off ebay for really cheap- you should look.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Gorgeous!! I love all of it. Of special interest to me right now is that to-die-for paint treatment on the bricks. Wow :) !!! Fantastic job, and just in the nick of time! -Tammy

Polly said...

Stunning! All your hard work really paid off because it just looks fabulous! Great job Cindy {and helpers}!!!

Your kids are too cute!

Happy weekend!

Polly

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Gorgeous! Kudos to you. Don’t miss the give-a-ways, linky party and Bavarian Christmas starting 26 Nov! http://dobermans-by-the-sea.blogspot.com/

Suzann said...

It looks gorgeous!!! You did a great job!!!! It will be fun to decorate for Christmas in your "NEW" family room!!!
Suzann

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Now, That's Incredible ~ A+ on that Transformation.... Can't wait to see it all decked out for Christmas!
Cheryl ~ ZM

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Cindy~ your fireplace looks just beautiful! I love the new lighter look~the mirror is fabulous and the banner is so sweet! I love the whole look of the room~ you guys did a fantastic job!! :)

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

It looks fantastic! You did such a super job on the bricks~it's not even the same fireplace!

The ceiling looks amazing, too. I want to do that somewhere. OK, I"m lying. I someone to do that on one of my ceilings FOR me. On all of my ceilings. It's all really pretty, Cindy.

Musings said...

I'm dying to know exacty how you did your fireplace and what specific colors you used. I have a fireplace that is almost identical to yours and I've been wanting to paint it since we moved in. I just haven't been brave enough to. But, if I can make mine look similar to yours I'll do it! Pray do tell your secrets! :-)

Miss Gracie's House said...

I *LOVE* it...so much better! But what I really love is the telling of the ceiling wallpaper adventure (been there...)...have a great weekend...looking forward to the next project!
Rene

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Is that the same room?!? Holey beadboard...

Fantabulous!! That ceiling?!? Is it as awesome in real life as it appears in the pics? It's honestly outstanding. WANT!!!!!

The entire room is so happy and bright. Kudos on such a big AND wonderful job! You must just be beside yourself on this one!

Donna

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I had to come back. To #1 take another look and #2 feature you on the sidebar this weekend. :)

Donna

Mel's Cabin said...

I wonder if I should do that treatment to my laundry room walls.
See my blog at www.cabinfever228.blogspot.com
Anybody got any suggestions?

Mel's Cabin

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

WOW! What a transformation!!!! It is simply amazing! Thanks so much for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. Hope you stop by again soon :)

Amy Meyer said...

Great job! It is beautiful!

The White Farmhouse said...

Oh you talented little cutie patootie! Love love love what you did! It's gorgeous! Like it so much better than the brick before.

Let me know when you are coming to MI. I may have a kid or two in tow but I will be there!

Scribbler said...

What you all have done with the ceiling, paneling and fireplace -- it does not look like the same house. (In a good way!) I once painted a brick fireplace in another house, and it in no way compared to what you have done here. I like it!

Jen T said...

Cindy that is AMAZING!!! You guys worked so hard and you did a gorgeous job! PLEASE tell me how you did the beadboard on the ceiling. Also, maybe a tutorial or the steps to the painted brick? I know that's more work for you, but there are ugly fireplaces around the world that need your help! JenT

Lori Lynn said...

Absolutely beautiful! What a transformation :-)

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banclothing said...

wow, wow, wow. I can't believe how beautiful the fireplace looks. In particular I love the colour of the frame on the mirror. You are phenomenal because I would have deemed that fireplace completely salvageable. Way to go!

Rene said...

Wow! It is so fresh and beautiful now. What an improvement.

-Rene

Kori@Strawberrie Hearts said...

Your and your hubby's hard work shows in every glance! It looks like a magazine...GORGEOUS! And it makes me jealous. I'd kill for a fireplace! Especially one with such presence. Can't wait to see Christmas...

Job well done!! :D

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I just got back in town and had to stop by to say how much I love it! Looks soooo good. The ceiling, the fireplace, the mantel, everything! Well done :)

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Ooh - yes yes yes! J'Adore.

And I agree - t'would be sinful for us to not meet sometime in the foreseeable future. :)

Kristen Mintz said...

isn't it amazing what a little paint can do? It looks fantastic!

~ Regan said...

GeeJumCrow, Lady!!!! Why aren't you doing this professionally, again? lol You are so good!

Love love love that chunky molding, and all the creamy white. (looking around here, all I can think is Stupid Brown Walls!! lol!)

gena said...

WOWZERS ! What a transformation - just gorgeous ! I love it all - especially those adorable banners !!!!!


Thanks for sharing !
gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

Marianne@Songbird said...

Wow amazing transformation! You must be tickled pink!
It looks great and have fun decorating it! I am sure I will see it decked out for Christmas on Tuesday over at The Lettered Cottage.
Sigh wich I had a real mantel, but I just trudge on with my radiator cover. So not the same thing LOL

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Looks so pretty! :)

- Brittany said...

That looks like a different house! I'm so glad you added another color to the bricks instead of just solid white.

Nice job, thanks for sharing.

Brittany
http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

Restoration House said...

Wow, that is quite the transformation. You did an awesome job!
Kim

Cheri said...

Wow! What a difference! Great job.

Tys said...

Ditto to the 63rd power... what a transformation! I bet you love being on the couch gazing at that beauty! The christmas decorations are going to be stunning I bet! Visiting via Met Monday! Cheers!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

AMAZING!!!!!! The whole room just put a smile on my face... what a transformation!!! Did you sleep in there? I would have!!! ;)

Chandy said...

what a lovely re-do! Glad to see it. New visitor!

texasdaisey said...

Just happened upon you today and you have helped me decide once and for all to definitely paint my fireplace. Mine is very dark and I have waved back and forth for the past 7 years and I think I will definitely go for it.
Debbie

Shabbygalsnest said...

The transformation is wonderful! I always am amazed at how things can be transformed with paint and hard work.You must smile everytime you walk in there! Traci

Ashley said...

Wow! Everything looks beautiful. Wonderful transformation!

Kansas Amy said...

How stunning! Great transformation!

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

SO ELEGANT FRENCH WONDERFUL TRANSFORMATION

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

What statement!! Beautiful transformation :D

I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Thank you Cindy for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party! You make me wish I had a fire place! This is a great project. Thank you for share with us!

Becca said...

Wow, wow, wow ... simply amazing!! *Becca*

Melissa said...

It looks fabulous. As you said, bright and airy.

The Shanty Girl said...

I am amazed! I normally do not care for painted brick but the treatment you did is beautiful and it looks like it has been completely retiled with tumbled stone. It is beautiful what a transformation. Very inspiring. Your hard work really paid off!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Whoa! what a transformation to your family room. I know you must all love it so much now.
I was especially appreciative of the post you did on your bead board ceiling. Love that paper, but not that brave yet!
beautiful home you have.

angie forte said...

Love the paint treatment on the brick. Usually I cringe when people paint brick but you've done a GREAT job of changing the color but still keeping the texture and look of the brick. Well done! Angie

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from the Amaze Me Monday party!! Wow! What an awesome transformation! Love the beadboard ceiling and the paint treatment on the brick! Looks like a new house!!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

This looks really lovely! Many happy memories to you as you enjoy it.

Pamela said...

If walls could talk, they would be full of happy praise. 'Cause you know how delighted they are with their new clothing. May happy memories fill the room.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a fantastic job the two of you did. This doesn't even look like the same room! The fireplace and beadboard ceiling are wonderful.
Hugs,
Sherry

A Cottage Muse said...

Wow!!

Now that is an amazing transformation ~ great job!! So happy I stopped by!

Sue said...

You have worked such wonders on this room- it doesn't even look the same! I like the painted brick treatment, as well as the beadboard ceiling. I would be wearing a neck brace from working on that project! I'll visit your Christmas decorating next. Hope you have a great weekend on your visit to the Coop Keeper. I'll make sure to post my finds from the barn sale.
:-) Sue

Carol said...

The paint treatment on the brick is terrific! I love how you lightened up the whole room. Beautiful, wonderful!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, what a transformation. I love it all white and bright. Great job! Thanks so much for joining the party this week!

Patti's Artful Design said...

Like night and day:)! Just a fabulous makeover, Cindy! Happy holidays!

Kelli@Restore Interiors said...

I have been following this litle transformation for a while! It looks AMAZING....I am totally jealous. This is the one thing I miss from my past houses that I don't have now...A FIREPLACE! Especially this time of year! Drink some coffee in front of it for me;0)thanks for linking it to my party.
Kelli

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Wow Cindy, This is a fantastic makeover. I love the white and the beadboard ceiling is amazing. I bet you are one happy girl! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

time-worn interiors said...

Wow! What a transformation! It's amazing the power of paint and elbow grease! You guys did a wonderful job! You should be very proud!
Theresa
aka:TOT

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

WOW, what a difference. The room looks so much better. The fireplace transformation is especially remarkable. Well done!

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

Wow, this fireplace is just so gorgeous now! You have made a wonderful difference in that entire room. Love love love that fireplace!

Lisa said...

wow! it looks amazing!

Tara Beaulieu said...

It really looks amazing! Funny that you posted this this week, as I am about to put up a blog post of my own with my freshly painted fireplace (we too had dark brick and wood panelling everywhere!) Found you through Time Travel Thursday. Thanks for sharing!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wow!! What a change. I love, love paint. I know it was a ton of work, but well worth it.

Cindy @ LeChaiseParfait said...

It is so fun to see the difference. I know this makes you happy. I am working on my laundry room. Too fun, one thing sure leads to another.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Holy cow what a difference!! Can't wait to see it all glitzed up!

Twyla Gariepy said...

wow; thats quite a change. How did you do the cieling? Is it really bead board or that cool wallpaper-ey stuff?

Ginger said...

I did the same thing with my den. It was dark paneling and red fireplace and now it is all whites and off whites. Love your fireplace. Your glittery Xmas decor is beautiful. Would love you to visit mine.
Ginger
Glitter and roses

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Jen Sinclair Photography said...

Will you please give details about what you did to your brick? I have an entire WALL of red brick behind the fireplace in my lovely sand and blue beach-themed living room, and what you've done to the brick is exactly what I'd like to do to mine. Thank you!

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Honey at 2805 said...

I just saw this picture on Pinterest and had to comment on the fireplace. It is really grand! Would you share what process you used on it? It would be appreciated!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

The fireplace looks amazing! I also have the dreaded popcorn ceiling and desperately want to get rid of it. Will probably have it tested to see if it has asbestos in it before I start scraping it off! Did you use beadboard paper or paneling to cover the ceiling? Did the ceiling have to be scraped first? This is my first time visit to your blog and I can't find any tutorials though I've been searching.

Beachgirl said...

Love the firelpace paint project, and have been stalking past posts trying to find your technique/colors..

Did you mix 2 paints, or layer them?

Please, please share your process!

Julie

rubberstampinzone said...

The transformation is amazing! You have totally inspired me. I am so thrilled i found this blog post. Thank you so much for sharing. and a BIG KUDOS to you!

Sherry said...

What a pretty fireplace. Just gorgeous and light and bright! Nice work. I absolutely LOVE your banners. I keep seeing these and saying I want to make one. The Gobble Gobble is precious! :)

Kelly said...

Wow! It looks SO. MUCH. DIFFERENT. And you were smart to use that handy popcorn removal tool, since the mess is really the worst part. Thanks so much for sharing the link. Loved this before & after!

Kelly @ View Along the Way
www.viewalongtheway.com

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