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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fireplace DIY

Hey guys! I have been visiting family in Northern Virginia for the past couple weeks while Red has been away training with his unit for the month. I've been out of my routine, nonetheless, and it's been a nice break visiting with friends and family. Every time I visit my brother-in-law Cole and his wife Kristen's home, I'm impressed with how much work they have put in since I last saw them. This is my favorite transformation. When they first moved into their house, there were these kind of odd half-fireplaces. Look at what they've done! Cole was nice enough to give me step-by-step instructions and pictures to share with you guys of how he and his father-in-law Dave got to the finished product.
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*The before picture is another fireplace in the house since they forgot to take a before picture of the one they actually worked on. So, the hard wood floor is not a part of the transformation, but you get the idea!
1. We used Orla Kiely wallpaper over a standard wallpaper liner.
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2. We built a wood frame to affix the faux brick to with liquid nails.
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3. For the grout, we used a grout/caulk in a caulk gun tube (Red Devil). We used two coats of Kilz Primer and then two coats of standard Behr Ultra Pure White trim paint. I filled in cracks with bright white caulk.

2 comments:

  1. That's the wierdest looking fireplace--the old one. It's like a whole in the wall. Their improvement looks so lovely--what a great idea! I never would have guessed what it used to be. Hope you're enjoying your visit with family, Heather!

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  2. Thanks Christy, it's been a good visit!

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