We are currently at the stage of reno where we have 10 projects happening at once with approx. 0 of them finished… aka not ready for blog pictures! These rooms include the master bedroom, master closet, half bath, living room, dining room, main bath, office, deck and guest room. Anddddd that’s just about every room in the house. Sigh. Our latest project that we’re working on is our family room. Here’s a before shot…
This picture does not do the stone any justice.
Not even this one does. Although after looking at these pictures weird animals and faces were starting to appear in the stones.
I’ll spare you the pictures I mocked up.
This post is quickly getting very weird. Back to the main part- It’s a faux stone that has collected years work of dust and spider webs and could use a much needed update… At first we thought about prying it all off, but we heard horror stories about destroying the fireplace behind it, and based on how the rest of the house has been glued/nailed excessively, we didn’t want to take that very expensive chance. It couldn’t be painted because the rocks were so uneven that we couldn’t hang a mantle or TV, and the stone was actually put over part of the glass, so one side of the fireplace insert couldn’t fully open/broken glass is a huge child safety issue. Keeping all of this in mind, we decided it was coming down, one way or another!
Soon after Matt’s family that works in commercial contracting came over and suggested that we build out and cover it. A lightbulb practically went off and we were sold. It was a HUGE “whyyyy did I not think of that” moment for us, but we blame our long to-do list for our lack of brain activity : )
As you can probably guess, we decided to move forward with this plan and now we’re in process!
So far they have busted out part of the stone using a chisel and hammer so that our new stone (details below) will sit flush with the fireplace insert, and have run new electrical.
We moved the old sconces as far up and over as the slack in the wire would allow us to, and are adding electrical for the tv that will be mounted on the top. The wall will also slant in at a 45 degree angle where the fireplace is to frame it out as you can see. They are using metal studs because they are commercial contractors, but will also be reinforcing parts with wood slats so we can hang the mantle and tv.
We’re really excited about how it will look when it’s done, because the built out portion will make much more of a statement than a flat more modern look if the stone were to have been removed and re-drywalled.
In the meantime while it’s being worked on, I’m on phase-inspiration and wanted to share some of it with you! First off, here’s a few Pinterest images that got our little wheels spinning… (click for pin)
And here’s a very preliminary plan on how we see the room coming together!
After adding in some tall built-in cabinets (think craftsman style!) we are going to finish off the fireplace with a product called Airstone (we’re SUPER excited about it and can’t wait to try it out!) which we will definitely post about later. For the mantle we’re thinking a reclaimed wood look, and above the mantle is still tbd. I’m thinking either a fun paint color or trim detail will be happening up in that region. For the hearth, we’re going to replace the bottom stone with the same Airstone and give a go at staining the existing 18×18 tiles.
We’re keeping the carpet for now (shampooing it clean) which luckily is a neutral, but will eventually be replacing that as well! Oh budget, you are a mean mean lady : )
The paint color is going to be BM’s Stonington Gray, built-ins a TBD white, and as I already mentioned, something TBD fun for behind the TV.
The trickiest part for us right now is these beams.
They’re so fun and such a statement making part of the house, but we can’t decide what to do with them! They’re REALLY rough so doing anything is going to be a challenge, so we’re going to live with them as-is for right now. Our options are to paint them white, stain them darker, cover them (might make them look super bulky and heavy) or anything else you guys can think of… : ) The only option that’s out is staining them lighter, because sanding those rocky road babies down would be next to impossible.
Add in a few new light fixtures and some accessories, and you can see where we’re headed!
What do you think of our plan? Have any suggestions for the beams? Any horror or happy stories about removing fake stone? I think it’s funny/ironic that we hate it and want it down, but are putting fake stone back up as soon as it’s ready : )
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