Over the past few months I’ve been interviewed about my living room makeover here and there for various magazines, but I’ve just realised that I haven’t actually blogged about it here yet. I’m going to correct that immediately by putting together a before and after post with photos and stockists etc so stay tuned for that. But until then, I thought I’d share my fireplace mini-makeover with you.
Are you ready for the before photos?
Here you go! As you can see the room was a total empty shell. I wanted to create a focal point along the main wall and then use that to group the furniture around and build the room design up from there. The plan was to install a real woodburner but when I found out the price I changed my mind rapidly! Installing one of those from scratch is expensive. So I started looking into electric woodburners instead.
I know, I know, when you think of electric fires they don’t sound particularly appealing. But then I found this really sweet little one at Homebase that had an opening door with all the controls hidden inside and I thought it looked pretty good.
I wanted to create a mantlepiece around it, so I found this one, also at Homebase, that I thought looked fairly clean and contemporary (and it was on offer – that always helps). However when I got it home I just wasn’t sure. The finish was a little plastic-y and the top was very thin veneer that had a bit of a shiny feel. When I bought two beautiful real-wood sideboards to go either side of it it just didn’t look quite right.
So I did what I always do when in doubt and got the white paint out. A couple of coats later and it was transformed! I love how the white paint shows off the crisp lines of the mantlepiece and the matt finish is much more appealing than the laminate surface. Plus, painting it white meant it made a much cleaner backdrop for accessorising.
Ta da! The finished result. I also did a cheeky bit of prop styling by bringing in a basket of logs and popping a couple inside the woodburner to make it look a bit more authentic. It’s a bit of a styling gimmick and it puzzles a few people (‘but it’s not real!’ ‘You can’t light them!’) but it makes me happy.
What do you think of the makeover? Was it a coat of white paint too far or do you think it works?
Images: Victoria Harrison / Chris Snook