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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A New Look for Our Fireplace

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Happy September, friends!

I know I've said it 1,000 times before how much I miss the fireplace in our old home (especially during the holidays) ... because we had an 18 foot vaulted ceiling in our great room, that allowed our mantel to be nice and tall!  **sniff sniff**


I knew I wanted something similar in our new great room, but on a smaller scale since our ceilings are only 9 feet tall in here.  Well, after getting a $700 estimate, we decided to try it DIY-style.  And, thanks to Cristina's awesome tutorial at her wonderful blog, Remodelando la Casa, we were able to get it done ourselves (for less than $100, to boot)!

So, here's our fireplace a few weeks ago:


And, here it is now!  YAY!


I consider it a "mini me" version of our old fireplace!  

BEFORE:


AFTER!  We might try our hand at adding a bit of molding inside, but, for now, we're thrilled!


It's amazing what a little MDF and molding can do!  

Now, to decorate it for FALL!

And, speaking of blank slates ... do you love trays as much as I do?!  When I spotted this fabulous oversized beauty at Home Goods the other day, I knew I had to grab it.  I love the size, texture and handles ... now, to add a big ol' seasonal vignette to it!


Are any of you getting your "Fall on?"  


I hope so and can't wait to be inspired by all of you!

Thanks for stopping by,


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27 comments:

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Becca your fireplace looks FABULOUS!!! Love what you guys did...can't wait to see all done up for Fall!

The Tuscan Home said...

Beautiful new look to your fireplace, I love it. Can't wait to see how you dress it through the seasons. :) xo, Liz

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Looks amazing and I love your fall decor...so pretty!
Blessings,
Cindy

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Oh wow! It looks great. Can't wait to see it all done up :)
So far I have removed all the shells and summer décor. Brought in some browns with some wooden boxes and bowl and some tarnished silver. But the best... sitting in here enjoying the smell of my pumpkin candle. YES!!!! :)

Debra Oliver said...

you guys are so smart to do this yourselves, it looks amazing (and totally professional!!)

Judy said...

i know you miss your "old" fireplace but the new one looks spectacular too! of course, it helps that you have "the touch" whatever you do!

i had my husband get quite a bit of my fall stuff out of the attic last night...now just to figure out what i'm going to do with it!

Gina said...

What an amazing difference! It's beautiful!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks fabulous, Becca! It does remind me of the one you had at your old house, too.

Cristina Garay said...

It looks amazing, Becca! Thanks so much for the shout out. Can't wait to see how you dress it for Fall!

Brooke Stephens said...

That looks amazing! The old one has nothing on the new one! You always make it look wonderful for the seasons. Can't wait to see what you will do to this new one.

Rustic Maple Elizabeth said...

It looks awesome, Becca! I'm sure you will enjoy decorating it even more now.

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Very nice Becca! Well done. Can't wait to see it all dressed for Fall.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

WOW, your NEW fireplace looks amazing! Can't wait to see it all "Fallified"!!! I started my Fall today! I love it so much! Now if it would just get out of the 90's! Thank God for AC!!!

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Somehow I had a feeling you would do something to recreate what you had in your old house and it turned out fantastic! You and your hubby are a great team coming up with ways to DIY for much cheaper than getting the pros. Looking forward to the myriad of ways you'll decorate this fireplace as well as the faux one you created in your other room. Great tray - so much potential there!

Carol said...

The fireplace looks great, Becca! I hope to get started on Fall next week. I will be doing a more modified version this year for obvious reasons. I always look forward to your seasonal decor!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

WOW, it looks so great and you did a great job decorating it.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Wow, this looks amazing; I love the added height! I can't wait to see your Fall mantel! You always have the best ideas! I'm loving adding Fall to our home right now. It's one of my favorite seasons!

Lady Pamela said...

Love the fireplace, and really love the tray.
Question - Where did you get the GATHER sign. I would love to have one.
Thanks,
*Smiles*

Kelly said...

wow! That's so pretty! Plus that adds value to your house since it's part of it. I love pretty trim and moldings. they add so much interest to a room. i'm sure you will enjoy dressing it up for the holidays this year!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow Becca...the mantel turned out fabulous!!!....Yes, it so reminds me of your previous mantel/fireplace. I am sure you are thrilled and I bet your creative mind is working on your Fall mantel....Can't wait as you created the most creative and beautiful mantels!!...Great Job!!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Amazing is right!!!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Hi Becca, I love what you did with the new fireplace, amazing transformation! I need to scroll on back and take a look at your new home! I'm enjoying getting caught up with everyone since I returned to blogging! Can't wait to see how you decorate it for the upcoming season and holidays! I know it will be just as fabulous as your last beautiful home! ... and thanks for dropping into visit me and for the sweet comment left! ~Rhonda

Thomas cook said...

In each house fireplace is important nowadays. It gives joy at holiday times. You made fireplace wonderful place with great decoration.

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Lindsey Mckenzie said...

Your new fireplace looks great! And it seems to fit quite well with the room, as well. You can't have them too big that they overheat the room, or too small and nondescript that people will start to wonder why there is a need for them in the first place. So it pays to present them properly in a room.

Lindsey Mckenzie @ Buchanan Fire And Door

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Carry Scanlon said...

I can't believe how different your whole room looks just be dressing up your fireplace. How amazing! It doesn't look like it was too much of a hassle to do so either. I have a fireplace as well with while walls and you have inspired me to make it standout, no matter what season it is. Thank you for posting this, I can't wait to see what else you do!

Carry Scanlon @ Chim Chimney

Steve Berke said...

I enjoyed reading your work. I'll come back for more

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