Opportunities outside our home, to pay our time and sponsorships forward to our readers and friends are becoming more frequent and we couldn’t be more excited about that. In all actuality, it feels like we’ve been working on this blog thing for the past 7 years to get to a point where we could help other people with their spaces and it’s a really great job. It’s a dream job and we’re soaking every chance up. Our biggest project yet is coming up in two months on the other side of the country, but I’ve digressed.
A couple months ago we were asked, along with a few other bloggers, by Angie’s List to makeover a fireplace. We had just finished making over our basement fireplace, (remember the one in the basement family room that we revamped for $100?), but fortunately, they were open to us making any fireplace as long as it stayed within the $1500 budget–which felt like a fortune. The one we recently tackled in Long Island we accomplished with just $300!
But, for this challenge, we wanted to do something completely different and we quickly learned that our new friends were wanting to tackle their fireplace as a final step to a living room renovation they had been working on.
Above, the before was oak riddled and outdated. When we got ahold of it, the flooring had been replaced and new furnishings were about the room, but that fireplace wall was still majorly bringing down the vibe. We removed all the oak surroundings and old tile and decided to make this fireplace a dramatic focal point.
Let’s bring stone to the ceiling! Let’s make it dark! Let’s update that insert! How about a chunky mantle?! I broke down what we did step-by-step, along with the materials and cost breakdown right here. It took just $800 and now that fireplace looks like this!:
Pretty incredible before and after, right? Taking the stone all the way to the ceiling made a previously squatty looking room so much more lofty and grand. And I love that dark stacked stone so much I’m already scheming an outdoor fireplace in the same material.
Angie’s List didn’t tell us this was a competition until after the fact. And then they put some prize money down for the blogger with the most votes for their before-and-after fireplace. So if you like this before and after, I’d love your vote! We’d love to keep doing more projects like this for other people and every vote is a little boost of confidence for us and our sponsors in that direction.
You can vote once a day right here until May 20th. Would appreciate it so much!
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Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
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