Design Challenge almost Solved, a sneak peek at the semi-finished product

Well, first off I’d like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you wonderful people! This project below is what I spent my time on coming into this new year, my bff’s den/family room.  If you recall from my previous post, this room has quite a few design dilemmas . . . one being the massive 60’s-ish cement/stonework fireplace, the wood wall panels and of course the toys.  Well my hubby and I spent 4 days in this room and managed to lighten it up a bit . . . check out the before and semi-finished  after.Before
After Before  After   After
IMG_0190  Once this room is complete I will share the particulars of this space and our redo . . . but still on my list to do is: to finishing cutting in the paint and painting the trim, giving the fireplace another coat of paint, building a new mantle and building shelving to flank the fireplace to store the toys/books etc and . . . of course the fun part: the decorative accessories . . .
 Before     After   
but so far I’m pretty pleased with the results . . . more pics and details to come!
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  1. Anonymous
    January 6, 2011 / 8:54 pm

    Holy Cow!! That's amazing what a little light (& a lot of elbow grease) can do for a room. I, too, painted an ugly rock fireplace white & never looked back. I also have a shiny brassy FP screen that I am now inspired to paint black!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Brandi
    January 10, 2011 / 1:59 pm

    I can't believe I missed this post! What a difference a can of paint can make. The room is sooo much brighter! Great Job Carli!!!

  3. Carli
    January 11, 2011 / 2:28 pm

    Thanks Ladies! I still have work to do in there as far as accessorizing and building the "beam" for the mantel, but painting those panels was alot of work! But my bff is extremely pleased with the results thus far. And get this, she doesn't even want to bring the toys back into the room, lol!

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