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Fixed an Off-center Fireplace

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Blah fireplace and shelving nook in our 20 year old lake house in Blairsville, Ga needed some serious help! The entire structure is not centered on the wall, and really makes the room look off balance. Since this is not our main residence we didn't want to invest a whole lot of money but wanted to make it look better. So after lots of pondering of what to do, we decided to close up the upper part of the shelving, add faux stone around the fireplace and add a very simple mantle.
Time: 8 Hours Cost: $400 Difficulty: Medium
  • solving an off center fireplace
We recently purchased this 20 year old lake house on Lake Nottely, GA and have been making improvements little by little. We enjoy tackling projects ourselves when we can, and the fireplace in the family room was something we felt we could re-do ourselves without spending a ton of money. Since this before picture was taken we did have a general contractor replace the small window shown to the left with 16 foot sliding doors which has really opened the lake view. But in this main room, the fireplace and built in shelving was off-center on the wall and lacking any design at all. To start off, we sealed up the top 3 shelves and then used a lightweight faux stone product, AirStone (Birch Bluff color) available at Lowe's, to create a stack stone look surrounding the fireplace and remaining lower shelves.
  • solving an off center fireplace
You can see in this picture where we had sealed up the top 3 shelves with sheetrock.
  • solving an off center fireplace
We also added a very simple diy mantle, stained walnut, and then added a flat screen tv centered above. The AirStone was very easy to put up -- kind of like putting a puzzle together to make sure you get the variety of colors mixed well.
  • solving an off center fireplace
Finally done and happy with the results. We have not painted the surrounding walls yet because we think we'd like to put up horizontal wood planking on the both sides of the wall surrounding the stone. So done, but really are we ever done?

Materials I used for this project:

  • AirStone (There is also an alternative in Amazon)   (Lowes)
  • Shelves   (Amazon or Lowes)
  • Wendy
    Wendy
    on Sep 10, 2017

    What a lovely transformation!

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Sep 10, 2017

    What a difference! now it's a REAL focal point. Looks great and a great job!

  • B. Enne
    B. Enne Canada
    on Sep 13, 2017

    WOW it looks like it was always there, and fits in so well!

  • Ann
    Ann Medford, OR
    on Sep 16, 2017

    Nicely done! You balanced that off kilter bookcase nicely and now have a cohesive focal point. The stone is really a great finish. Kudos.

    • Diane
      Diane Tampa, FL
      7 days ago

      Thank you so much Ann, we are happy it came out so well!

  • Annette
    Annette Louisville, KY
    on Sep 16, 2017

    I would take the shelves out of the built in and use it for storing logs and a cute container for long matches. That's if your fireplace isn't gas! lol I just saw the fireplace tools, and assumed it was a wood burning one.

    • Diane
      Diane Tampa, FL
      7 days ago

      Yes it is woodburning, great idea Annette

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