My fireplace gets a custom makeover --- shiplap style!!!
It seems like it's been forever in the waiting, but the moment is finally here! It truly turned out better than it looked in my mind and I feel like a little kid who just got the coolest toy ever. I can't stop staring at my newly created space and I hope you like it too!!!
When we planned the layout of our family room we knew that we wanted the fireplace to be the focal point, but we just weren't sure what that meant and how we wanted to translate "focal point" into craftsmanship. So we sat on it (which is VERY difficult for us to do) and really pondered how we wanted it all to look.
Our fireplace comes out almost two feet, which is very deep. Typically, a fireplace is partially or completely recessed and you can tell by the exterior configuration of a home that a fireplace lies in that area. However, our bilco door placement into the basement was somewhat limited, so we had to choose the space directly behind the fireplace, leaving no option for recessing it. At first this seemed upsetting, but now it's probably the single best thing that could've happened to our family room. Why do I say that? Because it afforded us the opportunity to create chunky built-in bookshelves and to get creative with the fireplace area.
Below is the finished product of this week long project and it came out PERFECT! Have a look...(I'll go over the process in more detail below)
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So - we started with hiring a master carpenter. I'm a big fan of DIY projects, but this was not one of them! Knowing when to call in a professional is key (in my opinion) to interior design projects. My carpenter's name is Mike and he is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G...feel free to reach out to me for his contact information if you are local to the upstate New York region.
Mike and I talked in length about my vision. I didn't have a drawing, just inspirational photos and Pinterest pins.
(FYI we used Sherwin Williams Dover White paint in a semigloss finish)
Styling the fireplace mantel and shelves was a mix of old and new. Some things I already had (you may notice them from previous blog posts) and have been in other rooms. Other things are new and were from Homegoods/TJ Maxx. I tried to mix some elements and give it a clean, fresh and modern feel.
I hope you like how it turned out. We are just so happy and it ended up providing us with a ton of storage space. You can check out my shiplap inspirations Pinterest board below and see the amazing ways that others are using this awesome yet simple material. Thanks for stopping by ~ xo Laura