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We have remodeled all of the other rooms in our home except our Family Room.

We want to change our fireplace and bookshelves but have no idea where to begin. We want to put our TV above the fireplace and update the book shelves. Help!?!

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  • Rule4 Building Group
    Rule4 Building Group Elkridge, MD
    on Jan 19, 2012

    Sounds like an exciting project! To get some ideas for fireplaces and other aspects of the room you might like to look at http://www.houzz.com/ You can search on fireplace and family rooms and I think you will find things you like, even if you do the work yourself it will be a great starting point for ideas. If you sign on for a free account you can create a couple of idea books to save the photos you like. Have lots of fun!

  • 3popps
    on Jan 20, 2012

    Monica, here are a couple of projects from here on Hometalk that might inspire you: http://www.hometalk.com/activity/91939 http://www.hometalk.com/activity/118905 http://www.hometalk.com/activity/58252 And a couple of really cool bookcases if you want to think really far out of the box. http://www.hometalk.com/activity/109492 You can also do a search for fireplace or bookcase to get some more ideas.

  • Kali M
    Kali M Atlanta, GA
    on Jan 20, 2012

    I haven't tried the product myself, but there are lots of amazing before-and-after photos from people who have used Brick-Anew to lighten up their fireplaces. I think it would make a huge impact for you! http://www.brick-anew.com. Also, paint over the brass doors with heat-resistant paint. You could always paint the bookcases a different color and/or line the backs with wallpaper for a different look. Good luck! http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2009/09/decorating-spotlight-bookcase-style/

  • Ricardo B
    Ricardo B Alpine, TX
    on Jan 20, 2012

    I'm thinking that less is more here. That wall is very busy, so I'd say that just opening up the shelving to have a tall and wide effect with less knickknacks would be a plus. At the very top along the ceiling... an interesting crown molding would frame the whole thing nicely. Seriously re-think TV above fireplace, though. Just think about looking up more than few inches above eye-level for an hour or more and wondering why the neck-ache? Sitting down and looking up would make the view angle more extreme.

  • Monica M
    Monica M Marietta, GA
    on Jan 20, 2012

    Thanks for everyone thoughts. We will eventually tear everything down and start over. The bookshelves are 30 years old. We want to update the fireplace. I agree with Ricardo that we need to unclutter. We are trying to decide if we can get rid of the hearth, and still have shelving on the sides. We need shelves to hold our cable box and dvd. Currently the shelves are only the about 6" deep. And without a hearth, can we still have cabinets on the sides and would the current height of the fireplace, without a hearth, look weird, or do we need to redue the fireplace to a lower level? Thanks for all the comments and pictures for ideas!

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