Hola friends! I am trying to keep the momentum going and get back in the habit of posting more frequently. Thanks for your patience and continuing to follow along on this journey with me! I have begun my interior decorating course and I’m excited to share more about that another time.
As promised, I wanted to share our living room space and the fireplace remodel now that it is (almost) completed. You may recall in my update post that we didn’t plan to redo the fireplace when we bought our house. After painting the builtin bookcases white, the existing stone facade no longer worked in the space. After deciding that we would redo the surround, it was a no brainer for what I wanted. You guessed it, we decided to add my coveted shiplap to our space!
Before: Livingroom and Fireplace
We are not as handy as we would like to be, so we contracted this job out to the big guns. They took care of everything related to the build, and I oversaw the design elements. The materials included cedar shiplap, wood for the mantle, and we had the fireplace surround tiled in a herringbone carrera marble. We also added shiplap to the back of the bookcases and switched out the shelves from glass to wood. The shiplap and mantle were painted white to match the bookcases upon completion of the construction.
During: Construction of Shiplap Facade
The cumulative construction/build time too about 3 complete days, but due to carpenter and tiler’s availability the entire project was completed over about a 3 week period. The painting took 2 days.
After: From Cosy Cabin to Calming Cottage!
We are thrilled with the end result! The lighter wall colour combined with the white fireplace and builtins really have transformed the space. The room in its previous form, while lovely, felt dark and heavy. The space now feels lighter, brighter, open and much larger! I like to say that the space has gone from a cosy cabin, to a calming cottage which is very fitting for us as we settle into island life!
After: Shiplap backing and wooden shelves replace glass shelves
We still have some accessorizing and decorating to do as we move on to the surrounding areas (foyer, dining area, and kitchen). It is important to achieve a flow and continuity between all of the surrounding areas when you have an open concept floor plan. More to come as I complete the others rooms and areas. Stay tuned!
After: A work in progress-Adjoining areas to come!