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Fireplace Remodel With Built-in Book Shelves

19 January 2011

Fireplace Remodel With Built-in Book Shelves
contributed by Beautiful Mess

This is our fireplace before the remodel. This was a pic taken a few years ago. It's the only pic I could find, showing the fire place as a whole. I have always wanted shelves on each side. So during Q's two week break he decided to tackle this project with the help of his brother and Dad.

 1st day. They had to build a fake wall. He also had to chisel out the crown molding and remove the mantel which was one big piece of slate.

2nd day. We put bead board up and did more electrical.

3rd day. We bought 4 - 42 inch cabinets and put those on the bottom to use for our DVD, Wii, and game storage. We made the shelving out of MDF board. 

4th day. The dry wall is hung between the shelves. We also used dry wall to frame in the fireplace. The mantel is made out of 2x4's and MDF board. 

Finished product!! We are so pleased with how it turned out. We removed the face plate and spray painted the inside of the fire place black. It isn't in working order, so now it serves as great storage for Waylon's toys.I love that all of our books are in one spot. The kids have been asking me to read to them more. 


Semalee January 19, 2011 at 7:57 AM  

Oh WOW! That turned out AMAZING! It doesn't even look like the same room at all!!!
Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree

Ashleigh January 19, 2011 at 9:24 AM  

Oh those shelves are fantastic! I'd kill for a living room wall like that! Awesome job! :)

Shelia January 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM  

I love this! What a difference those pretty shelves make! Just wonderful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Alberta January 19, 2011 at 12:48 PM  

This is a beautiful remodel. You wouldn't know it was the same room! Well Done :)

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