All right, friends… so I’m FINALLY getting around to blogging this next phase in our fireplace room remodel, which was a major project we were busy working on for most of last year. It’s by far my favorite room in the house now, so I’m excited to share just how this space came to be what it is now. It certainly didn’t happen overnight!
In case you’re new here… first, welcome to this little blog of mine! And, second, I’ve been sharing a blog series on here that I hope will help walk you through each and every phase of our fireplace room remodel. Maybe you’re working on your own home renovation… or maybe you just love seeing the before and after process, like I do! Actually, I guess I fit into both of those categories!
Anyway, here is what I’ve covered so far of our fireplace room remodel:
- BEFORE tour of our 1963 split-level home
- design inspiration for the fireplace room (part 1)
- demoing our fireplace room down to the studs (part 2)
- installing a new French door + windows (part 3)
And now for the fun part… putting the room back together again! Starting with new insulation and drywall.
Honestly, we hadn’t really been planning on installing all new insulation on the exterior wall until we demoed the fireplace room down to the studs and saw just how old and gross the original insulation was. Plus, it wasn’t really done properly the first time around, and there were a bunch of crazy fire hazards. Like get this… the previous owner (whose parents built the home) actually used NEWSPAPER to insulate around the wiring. Yeah, not kidding. So all new insulation, it is! At least our home is cozy and toasty warm now. And, you know, safe. That’s always a plus.
Oh, and we also installed wood framing above the fireplace and rewired everything so that we can eventually hang our TV up there. I really can’t wait for that! For now, we just have it sitting on a makeshift table in front of the windows. Not bad, but I’m looking forward to making that area a cozy little reading nook instead.
Once we were done with the insulation and framing up the fireplace, we started on the drywall. It really wasn’t that bad at all and went pretty quickly. The longest part was cutting each of the pieces to fit the various door and window openings (and the heavy lifting!).
And then it was on to painting… well, some of it, at least. I literally painted every. single. surface. in this room, all by myself. I’m pretty proud of that. Not that painting is hard or anything, but boy did it take awhile with all of the trim and woodwork! But I’ll get to all of that later on… for this part of the remodel process, I was just working on getting the walls painted, since we didn’t have the trim or board and batten up yet. Easy peasy (and quite relaxing, actually!).
I ended up choosing Benjamin Moore White Dove in eggshell for the walls. This is probably one of my favorite colors we’ve used so far in our home. It’s not an in-your-face-bright white and is actually a bit creamy, without having yellow undertones. I really like it for this room in particular, because I obviously wanted it to have an old farmhouse feel, and it will make the perfect backdrop for decorating with lots of woods, cozy textures and my collection of antique pieces.
And last, but certainly not least, we installed new doors for the closet and connecting half bath! The original hollow-core sliding doors just had to go… they were really outdated and, honestly, just plain and boring. They did nothing for the space. But this simple change really made a world of a difference!
(You can find a full list of product links to the interior door, bi-fold closet doors, hardware and all other supplies used in my demo phase blog post.)
What do you think, friends?
Next week, I’ll be chatting all about the next phase of our fireplace room remodel – installing the staircase banister and trim! And just wait until you see how different that corner of the room looks now that it’s opened up more to the main living space upstairs!