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…



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


7 thoughts on “Living Room Fireplace…Before

  1. theresa Said:

    i am getting ready to paint my brick fireplace white too! do you guys plan to actually use yours for fires? ours isn’t currently functional, but i would like it to be one day, and i’m not sure if there’s any special paint or something i need to use. any tips?

  2. Jenny Said:

    What if you made a firewood cubby the same size as the fireplace.. You stack the wood in it and it gives the whole thing balance.

  3. Marti Said:

    Oh, I like the off-centered fireplace! I think it looks more modern and interesting. I bet you can make it work.

  4. Abby Said:

    ohoh what about stucco surface in brilliant White? I just covered my wall above my fireplace with beautifully ages redwood from the fence that had fallen down at the front of the house. But because my fireplace is something out of Disney with big rock boulders, it made sense to have something within the same colour range… so maybe that is something to think about, to make the upper and lower parts of the fireplace with in the same colour range>> just a thought

  5. Molly Said:

    What about built in shelves? Sort of the same idea as the fire wood cubby. My mom’s fireplace is off center like this (in a much more modern house) and the area next to it is actually intended for a tv and there’s a shelf for other media items- blu ray player, roku, whatever.


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