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Fixed an Off-center Fireplace

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
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.
You can see in this picture where we had sealed up the top 3 shelves with sheetrock.
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.
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 used for this project:

  • AirStone (There is also an alternative in Amazon)   (Lowes)
  • Shelves   (Amazon or Lowes)
  • 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
      on Sep 16, 2017

      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.

    • Reenaroc
      Reenaroc Springfield, IL
      on Nov 22, 2017

      Exactly what I was thinking & perhaps have the inside of log cuby match whatever you end up putting on the walls. Vertical Barn wood would sure look nice and would add some more height to the walls. Real wood or faux, either one. I just think it would look good w/ your new stonework. Great Job! Looks Beautiful! I'm not sure about the tv though. I prefer a beautiful centerpiece on my mantel. We have our tv off to the side in a wooden armorer that I can close the doors on... rustic look and not so distracting.. just my preference. Not sure either how good it is for the tv to be so close to the heat either. Good Luck! :)

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