Sunday, February 12, 2012

the transformation...chapter 2

Do you remember back in January I said it would be fun to do a weekly series on
the transformation of our home... how about every three weeks?

If you missed Chapter 1....It was love at first sight,
 go here to see the beautiful scary place on the day we bought it!

Today I'm sharing our family room fireplace and built-in bookcase.

BEFORE


Yikes! You thought the outside was bad! I wish I could blame the bad decor on the
 previous owner, but it was all mine. I painted the knotty pine walls & bookcases.
I thought it was gorgeous!  


AFTER


I used stock cabinets from Home Depot, and had a contractor raise them about a foot
 and build the shelves above for a custom built-in look without the price.
 The fireplace is constructed of a thin brick veneer,
I showed the masons a Pottery Barn photo (similar to below) of a brick wall
 and asked them to replicate the look of aged brick.
They took such pride in their work, and cringed with every imperfect swipe of their trowel,
 as I yelled, "Yes, it's perfect, just a little messier!" 

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The mantel is from HearthCo Inc.


Did you notice my round mirror over there - it's one of my favorite thrift store finds for $8!
I emptied the bookcases in preparation for my next diy project!

Any guesses?


23 comments:

Holly said...

That is a transformation - I love the look of your fireplace and the bookshelves, all of it. You're either painting the back of those puppies or wallpapering/grasscloth/something cool to the back of those shelves. I can't wait to see!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW what a transformation the brick looks beautiful!! I'm guessing your painting the backs of the bookcases? Can't wait to see!

Nancy said...

That fireplace re-do is awesome.. and the brick is perfect! I love it all... can't wait to see your shelf staging and surprise!
Nancy
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Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

Isn't it funny how our taste changes so drastically over time? I wonder what we're doing now that'll make us cringe in a handful of years? Your taste has definitely changed for the better, my friend! Can't wait to see what's up your sleeve.

Nicole said...

I'm guessing you're either going to mirror the backs of the bookshelves or wallpaper/paint treat them.... am i right?

Cathy Wall said...

Fabulous Pam! Love the rustic brick and can't wait to see what you do with the bookcases...
Cathy

Bethany said...

are you painting the inside of the cabinets?? i bet that bright white would look SO good with a dark charcoal or navy inside :) good luck!

-Bethany
http://www.powellbrower.com/2012/02/last-chance-for-our-giveaway.html

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Amazing makeover! Love the brick wall, and the mantel is gorgeous. I'm guessing your next project is painting the back of the built-ins - maybe an olive green?

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe that is what it looked like before and yes, I remember how you thought it looked pretty good with the burgundy walls. I agree with Dana about I wonder what we will think in another 10 years. My guess would be that you are going to paint the backs of your built-in!

Lisa Scibilia said...

Pam, you never cease to inspire me....those cabinets are from Home Depot, then customized??? That is so brilliant!! I can't believe the before-and-after. It's just lovely!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

It truly does not even look like the same room! It's so amazing what a little vision, creativity, and hard work can do to transform a space-all of which you are tremendously gifted with!

I'm dying to do grasscloth on the backs of my bookcases...are you painting, stenciling, putting up fabric? You're such a tease!

Lori said...

I've always thought your shelves were built-ins! So beautiful. Aging my brick is on my list too! Can't wait to see what you do with the back of your shelves!

Inspired said...

I just saw your ceiling on Centsational Girl's "Bect of the Blogosphere." So stunning. Congratulations!

Kayla @ Your Day Simplified said...

My guess- wallpapering the back of the bookshelves?

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Wow, what a transformation. I love white built-ins! Glad to have found your blog via Amanda Carol Interiors!

Leslie said...

Wow! What a difference that makes!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Spectacular!

navy and orange said...

the brick is amazing!

xoxo navy & orange

Design is... All in the Detail said...

WOW - what a transformation! you go girl! You should be VERY proud... it doesn't look like the same place! Beautiful.
Enjoy your Monday and Happy (early) Valentine's Day

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

It's hard to believe it is even the same room! I am in love with how it looks now. I am such a sucker for bookcases, I need more of them in my house!

Carly {a simple affair} said...

Holy amazing transformation! Brick + white is just gorgeous. Are you doing something with the back of the shelves?! I can't wait to see! xo

pendy said...

Can't wait to see what you do to the back of the bookcases! It's already looking so good.

René said...

Wow! This is going to look amazing! I love the finish on the mantel!

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