The Homemade Roost is getting a Makeover

The Fireplace Redo

So when we moved into the house one of the major things that was frustrating and really a bugger was the fireplace— I mean a Sheetrock mantle?? really? Who ever thought those looked good? and the hole for the T.V. didn’t fit Dave’s “man” T.V. 🙂 So I knew I wanted to change it- but I didn’t know what into? I didn’t want to spend to much money either or do any major floor plan changes– So needless to say it sat there forever – I couldn’t figure out a way to make it look better– well a way that both me and Dave could agree on too 🙂

Here’s the Before:

I did immediately paint the walls and trim when we moved in so it looked a little better 🙂  but I don’t have any pictures of that- or how horrible it looked when we had our tv just sitting on the ledge– with the wires hanging everywhere– It was great- let me tell ya. 🙂

Here it is Now:

This was the first project that I didn’t really have at least a vague plan for– We really just flew by the seat of our pants on this one— One day still looking at the eyesore the next demoing it cuz’ I couldn’t stand it anymore 🙂

gotta love a sexy man with a saws-all 🙂

When we finally figured out kinda what we were gonna do there was some major angle math figuring involved– all I can say is that I am glad Dave is so smart cuz’ I would have never been able to figure it out

We did live with it like this for awhile– while we tried to figure out how we were gonna finish it 🙂 Fun times- fun times.
 But hallelujah– It’s done– I like it- Our T.V. fits– and really we spent only about $100 to do it–What do you think yay or Nay on the redesign? 🙂

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  • Just BeachyJuly 10, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    It looks amazing , love the beadboard and batons .ReplyCancel

  • jerriannJuly 10, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    A big Yay! It looks great. I love the the design and the color choices. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • The Special K's(0:July 10, 2010 - 1:31 pm

    More than yay! It’s a HURRAY!!! You guys rock(0:ReplyCancel

  • KelseyJuly 10, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    Looks like you spent way more than just $100! As always, great job! Love the beadboard and trimwork.ReplyCancel

  • Grace @ Sense and SimplicityJuly 10, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    Fantastic. I love the details with the beadboard – it totally takes it from functional to wow! The only other thing I would do is paint the brass on the fireplace grill (unless you like it, that is). I painted ours using heat resistant paint. I’m very impressed with how your fireplace looks – you must love it everytime you walk by.ReplyCancel

  • Beth@The Stories of A to ZJuly 10, 2010 - 8:50 pm

    Great job. It looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Babs BlogJuly 12, 2010 - 9:07 pm

    Definitely “Yay!” It makes everything look so much more expensive (for lack of a better term) in the room. Nicely done! You and your hubby make a great team!ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ A Contented, Common LifeJuly 13, 2010 - 7:36 pm

    Definitely a Yay. Yay too for not settling for less than you wanted but waiting and planning and for doing it all for $100. You go Girl!ReplyCancel

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  • CrystalJuly 18, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    Yeah…I am jealous I have lived with a tv on a box for 3.5 years and still going with a huge empty vaulted blank wall behind it. Please tell me the color you used on the walls?ReplyCancel

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  • CandaceJuly 26, 2010 - 10:11 pm

    Ali –

    This turned out amazing! I love all of your “How To” things on here. YOur little family is also adorable. Add me to you blog and we can try to keep up to date on each other.
    XOXO, CandaceReplyCancel

  • ChrisJuly 30, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    Uhhh, YAY! I LOVE it. The trim you did above the tv is spectacular! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • ShannonJuly 30, 2010 - 9:12 pm

    That looks great! I sure do love beadboard. Isn’t it great having a handy man around?ReplyCancel

  • MirandaJuly 30, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    I absolutely love it! You guys did an awesome job. I love how you put the electronics on the side of it. I’ve been trying to figure out the design for a corner unit like yours for my house, and you’ve inspired me. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • RachelleAugust 1, 2010 - 12:26 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! It looks great!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Pine Tree HomeAugust 2, 2010 - 2:20 am

    What? 100 bucks? You can’t even pick up any decent tv console table for 100 bucks. Great job! You added in your own special touches and it’s tailored for YOU. Looks so good.ReplyCancel

  • chair upAugust 2, 2010 - 2:46 am

    Love the transformation. What a great colour.
    I just found your blog via Just A Girl and am now following.

  • Laurel @ Ducks in a RowAugust 2, 2010 - 5:08 am

    100 percent yeah – it looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Salsa MamaAugust 2, 2010 - 5:21 am

    LOVE it! Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely amazing transformation!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Balancing Beauty and BedlamAugust 5, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    Gorgeous…I’ve had fun today looking at all your before and afters…GREAT JOB, and you’re right, your children will be so thrilled you built this responsibility into them (later, maybe not now.;)ReplyCancel

  • Mr RemodelaholicAugust 6, 2010 - 2:23 am

    We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.


  • MindyAugust 9, 2010 - 9:36 pm

    Hi! I found you from the Nesters tumbler, but I linked to just a girls party too, so I would have found you sooner or later! I love what you’ve done with your home!! Your kitchen looks amazing! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Thurston FamAugust 10, 2010 - 5:12 pm

    i love it!!! i love your color scheme! would you mind sharing the color that is on the beadboard/walls? when we moved into our house we had an awesome sheetrock mantel as well!!!! you have made a beautiful home!!! enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • queenbeeAugust 11, 2010 - 2:11 am

    Looks great. I have a big ole hole over my fireplace for the tv as well and no mantle. Did you build the mantle or buy it as is? If you want to check out my dismal fireplace check out my blog. I’m hoping to redo it soon.ReplyCancel

  • SabrinaAugust 11, 2010 - 1:15 pm

    Love this transformation and LOVE your blog too! Following in my reader now. I have the same oak all over my house and we’ve been debating on painting it all…seems like such a task. What’s your secret???ReplyCancel