Category Archives: Home Improvements

Living Room Fireplace…Before

We have a few projects in the works right now, and one of them is the other side of our fireplace (see the kitchen side here). This fireplace is in the living room and it needs a major overhaul. Like so major that when I start thinking about it I become overwhelmed. A fireplace has the potential to be the focal point of a room, but this one….not so much. I just can’t get over the off-centered fireplace. Really?! What were they thinking in 1961?

I do think we’ve come up with a few solutions though. We’ll paint the brick white, install a new bulky mantle, and place vertical planks above the new mantle. We’ll also add sconces since we already have an electrical outlet above the fireplace (again, why?!). This is a 5 second mock-up, and we haven’t settled on what sconces we’ll use yet, but here’s a general idea of what we are thinking…

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Per usual, I will keep you guys posted along the way.

TGIF!

After: Master Bathroom

Friends! I finally got my act together and snapped some photos of our master bathroom. I chuckle when I say “master” bath because it’s the furthest thing from large. There’s nothing “master” about it, but it gets the job done and it’s certainly a step-up from where we started, which was here:

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Yes, everything was original. Everything. And amazingly, it was actually really, really clean. Where are we now? We are here….

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

restored style master bathroom renovation

As you can see from the photos, I still need a few pieces of art and some pops of color, but it’s thiiiiiis close from being 100% complete. I’ll share more details and source information with you later this week…stay-tuned!

Fireplace Built-In

Morning!

If you follow me on Instagram (@restoredstyle), you already know our mantle arrived this weekend! As I’ve mentioned before, we love the brick look, but without a mantel or anything else on the brick wall, we didn’t feel like we were really “using” the space. And we needed a place for our kitchen TV and extra storage and shelves are always a plus. So, a custom built-in was our answer to this brick wall.

I’m hesitant to post any photos of the finished mantle/fireplace built-in because it’s not styled yet. At all. But I’m going to do so anyway:). Here’s a quick photo progression of where we began, and where we are today…

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We are a little sad the built-in hides the brick, as we loved that look, but this new piece makes living easy and practical, and we want this house to work hard for us. More up-close-and-personal mantle photos to come this week!

Fireplace Updates

Morning friends!

Lately, I have done a lot of talking about our kitchen. So much so, that I nearly forgot to fill you in on our dining area. It’s right next to the kitchen and our farmhouse table magically fits perfectly in front of our large fireplace. It’s a cozy space, but it will be a functional space soon too. We’ve commissioned our woodworker to build a large built-in to house a TV, a few bookshelves, and most importantly, a mantle.

As a refresher, this is what the space looked liked when we bought the place…

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And this is where we are now…

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brick fireplace renovation

We’re pretty pumped about the plans. Here they are in google sketch-up form.

The back of the built-ins will be open as we want as much brick to show as possible and the style will be somewhat similar to our kitchen island, except the built-ins will be painted white (Benjamin Moore’s white dove to be exact). The top shelf will hold our TV, the middle will house books, and the bottom cabinet will be storage for placements, napkins, and extra dishes. We are thinking practical is our first priority.

How did we come up with this layout? We played with painter’s tape for weeks, adjusting the size and dimensions of the potential built-in. When we finally landed on a layout we were happy with, we had our woodworker come and take final measurements, and all that’s left to do is wait…

The good news is our mantle should be in this weekend, which means photos to come next week! Stay-tuned…