Monday, November 2, 2009

Fireplace Tranformation!

This is what that fireplace looked like the first time we saw it (that is the former owner)



And this was making do over the Summer....


And this is the mantle I got for 20$ at the "Rag Bag"


I really loved it but.....it was not wide enough to go around our wood burning insert.
So Joey and I took it apart, added a longer piece of wood... and a few new details (aged to look as old as the rest of the piece). I decided to paint it the same color as my kitchen cabinets, in fact I am in the process of repainting the trim in the kitchen and this area this same color. I was so inspired by the home of Linda Harris in Country Sampler and on the blog Behind my Red Door. And now it looks like this....




I am sure I will continue to tweak it....after seeing these pictures...
I need to use some steel wool to even out the black paint on the insert.
I repainted it with heat resistant paint.
But I am so happy with the results and I am loving the color...it really warms up the whole area. That is one more project to check off out list.....soon we will be tearing down some walls! That is exciting and kinda scary.
In the end the kitchen, the den area (with the fire place, the dining room, and the front living room will be one open living space with columns, wood floors and the simple, primitive colonial look I long for! Ooooooh I get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about!
Have a great week!

45 comments:

  1. WOW! That looks awesome, I Love it!!!!!

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  2. Oh wow...that is soooo gorgeous!! What an incredible remake! I would really love to take a "so-so" house and remake it into something truly wonderful! I love the good job you are doing. It's inspiring!

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  3. It turned out fantastic! I love the red color. I am trying to talk Dear Hubby into changing our fireplace. I may have to show him this picture!

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  4. Ok-now that's one AWESOME tranformation, girl!
    Love it!!

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  5. Absolutely perfect. You did a fantastic job and you should be very proud of yourself.
    AMY

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  6. WOW Beth, it looks AWESOME! And SO much different. I agree with Any, be VERY proud:)

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  7. Wow, the difference is amazing. I love it. If the rest of your remodel turns out that great, you will be in prim heaven. Good luck.
    ~Melissa~

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  8. WOW Great re-do. Inspires me to make some changes in my home.

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  9. NOW THAT LOOKS GREAT!!! so much better than the old one. i love how you have it decorated too!!!

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  10. I sure does look different doesn't it? Turned out great!

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  11. Be still my heart!
    I love love love love (well you get the idea) it!
    It definately looks warm and welcoming.
    You and your hubby so such fine work!
    Now...let's build a fire and warm up some cocoa!

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  12. I love it! We have just a mantle as well and you have given me inspiration!! Great job!

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  13. Now that IS a transformation! It's awesome - something I can only dream about! So happy that your dreams are coming true!
    Best wishes
    Christine

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  14. Very nice. Some much better than the original.

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  15. Wow, what a makeover, I love it. Looks warm and inviting!!!!!Rhonda

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  16. I love it Beth. Oh and dontcha just love those old tobacco stringers? I have one that Nannie gave me and Love it!! Everything looks good gurl keep up the good work and keep posting those pics. Prim Hugs, Tammy

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  17. Beth, I love it!! I also love the pic at the very top.. how sweet! Thanks for linking from my blog (cause I don't think I did it and have no idea how I would..lol).

    Have a great week
    Hayley

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  18. Beth, awesome makeover! You & your hubby are very bold & brave to tackle taking it apart, adding your touches. It looks fabulous! Very Prim & I bet it's the hallmark of your gathering room now! Can't wait to see more of your transformations.

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  19. Wow, Wow, Wow! What a HUGE difference! Amazing! Red is my favorite color so of course I am crazy in love with it...AND $20 with a little tweaking is unreal!

    Robin~♥

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  20. Wow ~ Fantastic! I love the color ~ what a transformation.
    Pam

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  21. You did an amazing job...it is wonderful...love the color. Dianntha

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  22. OK, How many times have you gone back to look at your handy work? =)

    I know when I'm pleased over the outcome of a project, I am constantly going back to check it out.

    What a wonderful job you did!
    I just LOVE it!

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  23. Just amazing...it looks awesome:) Love how you have it decorated:)
    Rondell

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  24. What an amazing transformation! It's simply gorgeous ... and so welcoming. I can't wait to see more...

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  25. what a huge transformation..I love how it looks now..can't wait to see how your kitchen and dining room makeover look when you are done..have a great week..:)

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  26. It looks really good, great redo! I can see Linda was an inspiration.

    Carey

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  27. Oh that's so wonderful! It's just the perfect size for that fireplace. Nice work!
    Cathy

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  28. Wow, what a big difference, I love it.
    It sure makes a difference to have the perfect mantle.

    Debbie

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  29. Your fireplace was in my dreams last night! I guess that shows how much I like it. If you don't mind, I'd like to use your fireplace picture in my blog to tell about my dream and the penny rug design I'd like to make using your fireplace. :)
    Cathy

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  30. OH I just love it!What a wonderful transformation. The flash always distorts color so I love the ones you took without the flash - it gives us the true effect. GREAT job!

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  31. Wow!! What a great transformation!! Love it!

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  32. Wow! Your fireplace looks awesome! I am truly inspired!! I have been wanting to paint my mantle and surround for years now, and I think I finally have the courage! Thanks for the great post!
    ~Kim

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  33. What a difference wow I love how you redid everything makes such a difference...Great job....Diane

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  34. I LOVE it!!! Great job! Looks so prim and love the way you have it decorated! Can't wait to see all of the finished room! What is the name/color of the red paint?

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  35. way better. the red looks really good against the brick too! great bargain and great idea to make it work.

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  36. You obviously have the magic touch...turning such a lost piece into a masterpiece! Your fireplace looks so warm and inviting!!
    Fabulous!!! xOxO

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  37. What a beautiful job you have done. The transformation is so spectacular. I love it. How fun you must have had working on this together. Those are the best projects of all.

    While blog hopping today I came across your blog and I am so thrilled. I love everything sweetie. Just everything.

    I have signed up to follow your blog. I can't wait to see what yo share next. Please pop over and say hi. I would be so honored if you would sign up to follow my blog as well.

    Country hugs, Sherry

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  38. I love the mantle! It's beautiful (and at twenty dollars was an exceptional bargain, too!)

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  39. LOVE IT!!!I have an ugly fireplace in my big old house too that needs a redo....time will tell what we decide but I sure like what you have done!

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  40. What a wonderful change...Good Job!! Blessings...Barbara @ NC Cabin In The Woods

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  42. Great job, the mantel looks like it was there forever.
    Donna

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