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Fireplace/Built-ins Before and After


Hi guys!! Today I would like to share some pics of our original fireplace and built-ins and how dark and dated it once looked. It has seen various changes over the few years of living here and I still want to make even more changes to it in the near future, but today I thought I would show you how it looks as of now.


First, the fun part. Let's look at some before pics.....


Fireplace Built In | Easy DIY Paint | Dark Oak Before Picture
I fell in love with these built-ins the moment we walked into this space!
Fireplace Built In | Easy DIY Paint | Dark Oak Before Picture
I love the character built-ins add to a room.
Fireplace Built Ins | Easy DIY White Paint
We were only moved in a few weeks before I started painting these...

And here is what it looks like now after a big paint job...


Brick Fireplace with Built-Ins Painted White
So much brighter!
Brick Fireplace with Built-Ins Painted White | Farmhouse Style Decor
The miracle of white paint!
Brick Fireplace with Built-Ins Painted White | Farmhouse Style Decor
I kept the cabinet tops a warm stain to tie into the mantel.
Brick Fireplace with Built-Ins Painted White | Farmhouse Style Decor


By painting all the original orange-toned wood out to Benjamin Moore's White Dove in their Advance Paint, and refinishing the mantel with an antiquing wax this room now feels 1000 lbs. lighter and brighter!!


I also painted the brick out white after living with it whitewashed for a while. I found the whitewashed bricks didn't quite cover the brown undertones enough, so I opted to just paint it straight out in Benjamin Moore's Simply White.


I know some of you may see these after pics and think "how could you paint over all that beautiful wood!!?" I get it, it's not for everyone. I know me though, colour and my interior spaces can affect me mentally. If a space doesn't surround me with light and brightness then I can get rather down....may seem a bit extreme, but it's so true. I need the colour and paint choices in my house to be on the brighter side or I get grumpy. Do any of you get that way??


Well guys, I hope these before and after's were fun to see. I still want to shiplap behind the bookcases and rework some of the "fancier" upper trim work to have more clean lines, but for now, it's a happy, bright and airy space to be in!


Love,

Dale xo

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Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson
Jun 10, 2023

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I’m in the middle of a similar transition, with brick going all the way up as the built-ins do. I’m keeping the brick as is for now because it ties in nicely with the kitchen. I also sanded/stained the shelves, including the bottom shelf/countertop shelf a cherry color. Our kitchen cabinets are white and the island is cherry. I’ve done all trim, too. Windows were replace a while ago, and opted for white then. Much as you, colors affect me, and the white really lightens and brightens not just the space, but me, too.

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Anne Ann
Anne Ann
Feb 28, 2021

I'm looking at doing something similar. So you changed out all white trim in the room ?including base boards and cold air returns etc. Did you also change window trim and anything else that was white ? What paint and sheen did you use on everything, it looks really pretty. A picture at a distance to show more of the fireplace in the room would be great! :)

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What sheen did you use for the fireplace and the built ins? Love the dark stain color on the mantel too! Please share!

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Love the transformation! Ready to update my living room! My brick and built ins are much the same, though the brick extends above the mantel. The 2 whites you chose look great together! Would those colors work if my trim is SW Alabaster?

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