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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Baby Steps


You know my living room I am always talking about redoing? It needs it. The furniture hasn't been recovered in over 10 years. 10 years of hard living!! I want new furniture. Or should I recover the old furniture? Paint the walls? Neutral drapes or bold print? This is why nothing gets done. We moved in, I stuck all my leftover furniture in there and haven't changed one thing. Until now.

Two years ago I decided it was time to fix the fireplace wall. I called the electricians and had them pull wires through the brick wall so I could have sconces. Yes, we lived with those wires hanging out of the wall for two years!! What is wrong with me? What you can't really see is that the wall is covered in the most unattractive brick that I just couldn't live with.


I called in back up and Laura Hutton helped me get my thoughts on paper. We had a plan. We were good to go. And then waited two years to complete the project. That's just how I work. Part of the problem was those giant sconces you see above. They weren't part of the original plan. So we used the blue tape to help us reconfigure the wall. And the blue tape stayed up for over a year. I swear I didn't even notice it after a while.

Finally we called the carpenter and got to work. He covered the entire wall in wood and hid the wiring for the sconces behind it.


Then added trim and more trim.


Close up...this brings me such joy.

And finally..the finished wall.



It may be hard to get a good idea of how it really looks in pictures, so next time you are out just stop by and I'll be glad to show you. I just need 10 minutes advance notice so I can stuff all my junk in closets and under the furniture.

There is so much more to do, but at least I am making baby steps. Dear poor tired furniture, don't you worry, mama is going to fix you up (or put you up for adoption).



36 comments :

  1. Looks great. We are trying to figure out what to do with our fireplace. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Lovely! I think it was worth the wait

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  3. don't feel bad-in my last house the kitchen cabinet doors sat in the living room for a year till I got around to painting them! It was actually nice to reach up and grab what you need and know where it all was. But you did a great job with your fireplace! Looks great!

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  4. you're funny. and you don't have a bunch of junk lying around ever. and it looks fantastic. xo

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  5. Love it! I love knowing also, that I'm not the only one who gets used to blue tape for a year.
    Great job!

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  6. Holy Cow! It looks awesome! And, thank you for being honest saying that you have had the wires sticking out of your walls for over 2 years and blue tape on the wall. It gives me hope!! :)

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  7. That is beautiful! LOVE the sconces and love the new molding. Perfect! And I even like your old furniture!
    karin

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  8. You sound like me - crippled by my inability to make a decision so stuff sits around for years. I still don't have curtains in most rooms because I just can't commit!

    I think your fireplace wall looks fabulous!! Those sconces are awesome. I remember you showing them before and later I actually saw them in a store once and thought of you.

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  9. wow! It looks awesome!
    I am hosting a csn giveaway. Stop by!

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  10. Looks great! If you should want to give the two chairs up for adoption, I have a great place in my family room for them. They will be well loved.

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  11. This post made me smile... I can certainly very much relate. I honestly just don't know where the time goes. Three and a half years after moving into our current place I'm still dreaming and planning too.
    Mind you, I think that wall was definitely worth the wait!

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  12. WOW! I'm blown away. In my last house, we had the exact same looking fireplace and I could never figure out how to make it look better so I just left it alone. This is WAY better and amazing! Love it!

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  13. It looks great, but my eyes went directly to those windows treatments! What is the fabric?!

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  14. Sissy,
    You magic maker you. Your fireplace looks fabulous. It is amazing what some moulding can do for a space. I am inspired to do something creative after seeing your living room. Thanks!

    mb from Dallas

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  15. Sissy! That looks so good! I know you are so pleased. And I am so glad to know someone else takes so much time on projects. Our master bath is months in just the starting!

    great job...

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  16. Big Ben (Franklin) said it best, "He that can have patience can have what he will." Don't know if it was patience or indecision but it looks great!

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  17. It looks SO good. I love it....I know you are happy...the furniture even looks good.

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  18. Looks fantastic!! Stephannie told me to log on and take a look. Congrats on getting it done! I LOVE the sconces, too! Hope all is well ;)

    Laura Hutton

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  19. I just love the trim! The living doesn't look so bad but if you've been living with it this long I'm sure if feels tired to you. I can't believe you lived with that tape up for a year. My OCD will not allow unfinished things around the house!

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  20. Brilliant...it was definitely worth the wait!!!!

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  21. Sissy- it looks so great. Wish you were closer so I could stop by!

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  22. Holy Cow! Has HGTV called to give you your own show yet? Seriously...this looks so much better than 95% of the stuff they do...your room is amazing! LOVE!

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  23. Amazing ~ what a fabulous transformation! TOTALLY inspirational to me, as I am going to tackle my funky brick & paneled fireplace wall after the holidays.....

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  24. This looks great! Hubby and I are going to add a fireplace to our living room. Yours is great inspiration, thanks! I vote for balls!!

    Amy R.

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  25. This is my favourite post. I want more, more, more!! Do you have more like this? I can't believe what a transformation it makes. thnak you for the great inspiration.

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  26. Looks like a whole new house- I love it!! The sconces look amazing all framed out- I love this room!

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  27. Great idea!!!!! I have one of those big white brick walls too.

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