FIREPLACE UPDATE

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It's crazy to see the transformations that our fireplace has gone through. When we first moved into this house this room served as our dining room with no mounted t.v, and we still had the wall to the right up (this was after we removed the old blue wood paneling).

dining room progress

Then we built our DIY mantel on the fireplace to create more of a focal point. 

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The rest of the room has just naturally evolved! It's no where near finished, but I'm super content with the direction it's headed. One huge thing this room still needs is an area rug and new couches to pull it altogether!

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I wanted to do a short breakdown of our current family room/fireplace makeover. Paint is always a game changer, and it played a huge role in this before and after. I painted the fireplace with behr primer in one white. It took a few coats to completely cover the bricks. The mantel was built out of 1x8's from The Home Depot. The hearth is a recycled piece of wood that used to be in the kids room. It served as a rock climbing wall, and instead of trashing the wood after rock removal, we decided to cut it, sand, stain and use it on the hearth. The hearth of our fireplace was painted, but with four kids who are rough on everything (aka spilled drinks, food, crayons...etc) we decided a stained and sealed piece of wood would be our most practical choice! 

What's your favorite part of the new room? Comment below! As always, thanks for reading, friends!