Monday, February 9, 2015

Before and After-Family Room Fireplace and Built-Ins

I love our new house.
 I am very proud of our new house.
I however don't love oak.
My whole house is oak.

It was easy for me to look past the oak though.  I see something I don't love and then immediately envision what I can turn it into.  
Brandon often says I have no clue how difficult something is before I set my mind to doing it.  I weekly hear the phrase, "Audra, it's not that easy."
To which I reply, "I didn't say it was going to be easy but I'm still going to do it.  You can choose to help me or choose not to help me but then suffer my wrath.  It's up to you."
Just in case you were wondering...he ends up helping!

Exhibit A:
Our family room fireplace and built ins 
I absolutely love the way it turned out.  
I'll love it even more when we get the room painted and new furniture.  The family room joins up to the kitchen. We plan to have the kitchen cabinets painted and new floors put in to both of these rooms (along with the rest of the house) so we are waiting to do it all at one time. 

Brandon sanded the two built ins and their shelves down to the bare wood. Somehow he gets roped into these projects and then ends up doing most of the hard work.  
OOPS!  Thanks, honey!! 

I then did two coats of Benjamin Moore Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer followed by two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd paint in White Dove.  There were a few spots where the yellowness of the oak kept creeping through so I just went back over those spots a few more times until it covered better.

By the time we got to the fireplace Brandon was pretty much spent and didn't want to look at another piece of sandpaper.  Plus, look at the detail on our fireplace-
We had no interest in sanding these ornate details.
So, I decided to be ballsy and painted it with homemade chalk paint.  There was no sanding or priming involved.  Just two coats of my homemade chalk paint using Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint in Quarry Rock.  
Several people have been surprised by the color of the fireplace in person as opposed to the way it looks in pictures.  I would consider it a charcoal grey color.  It has a different hue in each picture I show so it's difficult to see it's true color unless in person.

I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.  It really did lighten up and freshen the room.  I can't wait to get started on my next update. 
 (Brandon, if you're reading this-what are we doing next weekend??  Our laundry room needs a little TLC!!)


  1. It is amazing! I am so impressed!

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