Fireplace Frenzy

Fireplaces are probably the last thing on your mind during the blazing, blistering months of summer, but … here come some anyway!  Actually,  now is the perfect time to be thinking about fireplace makeovers, because  you probably aren’t even using it. No one wants you getting all crazy and deciding to repaint the mantle on Christmas Eve or anything, ok?

Here are some ideas to consider:

Stephanie at Simply Swider went with classic white which really lightens up the whole room.  I also love the addition of the overmantle, and the subtraction of the brass grate which she painted black.

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

If dark wood is more your thang, check out Maralee’s makeover at mGraphic Design.  She simply restained that honey oak with an espresso (a stain, not a literal espresso, although that would be entertaining to watch), and also changed out the firebox. The old one didn’t actually burn off all the gas it emitted, so they had to use it with an open window.  Uh, you’re kinda missing the point there, firebox.

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

One more in white now from Kristen at Bliss at Home.  Some people truly fret about painting stone, but I love the look.  Lots of texture but still clean and chic.  And please note those random staggered shelves on the before. They are so tiny!  Perfect for hanging stockings … but that’s about it.  So much better now.

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

Three different yet beautifully done fireplace makeovers at betterafter.net

 

 


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The End of the Stone Age

Before Sara Jane had stepped foot in this home, her realtor warned her about “THE WALL.”  This clunky abomination had apparently already scared off several potential buyers, but it finally met its match with Sara Jane. She wasn’t scared of its space-eating size and awkward height; she knew it could be a sleek and modern space.  Good thing she bought the house and not me, because I probably would have thrown a sheet over it and pretended it wasn’t there. “Oh that?  That’s our resident house ghost.  Pay no mind.”

When the original plan to mount the TV to the wall became cost-prohibitive, she switched to plan B and attached it to the ceiling, running cords through the attic.  I like it even better that way!  See more details on the blog Honey I’m Home.

 

If you like dramatic walls, make sure to check out this fireplace wall makeover at betterafter.net

 

If you like dramatic walls, make sure to check out this fireplace wall makeover at betterafter.net

PS: Last day to enter to win a custom box of tools from Arrow Fastener!  Winner chosen tomorrow, could be you!


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Big Black Wall and a Cherry Tree

Every girl has a little black dress, right? Dress it up, dress it down, use it to help hide the fact that maybe you ate an entire bag of dark chocolate covered mango coconut bites from Trader Joe’s last night. (Go get yourself summadat, like, today, because they are all-caps AMAZING).

Well, carry the theory of the LBD over into your decorating with the BBW. I’m talking about a big black wall, of course.  At first, you might think ‘No way!  A big black wall will suck all the light out of a room and throw me into a depression!”

OR, it might just calm down an awkward space while drawing the eye in and giving your artwork a backdrop to shine against.  Kinda like a LBD!  What do you think?  Check  out Ginger’s BBW on her blog Just One of the Boys.

 

See this dramatic black wall makeover at betterafter.net

See this dramatic black wall makeover at betterafter.net

PS: credit to my sister for the title of this post, she was quite pleased with herself. ;)


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It’s all about the Hamilton’s baby.

Have you ever brought something new and fun into your house, and then sadly realized that its wonderful newness gives everything else The Blahs? Like, say you buy a snazzy new rug.  But as soon as you roll it out, you discover that now you hate the way your big heavy coffee table hides most of it. And your frumpy old loveseat can’t even deal with all that snazz.  It’s not even the right color anyway.  And come to think of it, neither is your entertainment center.

What’s a girl (or guy) to do?

Well.  You could just buy different stuff.

That’s one solution.

“Hey, that’s not very doable,” you say.

And I say, Poppycock!  Elaine did exactly that, and spent a whopping $10 on this entire room refresh.  TEN DOLLARS!  One more time.  TEN DOLLARS!!

Go see how she did it on her blog Visual Meringue.

 

Simple changes make a huge difference on this living room makeover at betterafter.net

Simple changes make a huge difference on this living room makeover at betterafter.net


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