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« on: August 17, 2011 09:18:28 AM »

Okay, so I have been attempting to re-decorate my entire house for the past 8 months (did I mention I have no budget... yay!), so you can be expecting a lot of posts from me in the home sweet home forums for a while.  Wink  


One of the first "big" projects that I did was paint my fireplace.  It was seriously ugly before, and it clashed with the entire room, so I painted the brick a dark charcoal, and above a rich red.  To see a before picture you can check my blog here: https://bulbasaureyes.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/redecorating/

So.. fast forward to now.  Originally I was planning on having photo wire strung across (two lines, one mid and one along the top), and hanging posters and what not on them (as in the picture).  But I realized after that the front of the fireplace must be cement (duh), and I can't put any supports in the middle of wire and I really didn't like the saggy look (the posters have since been taken down).  Currently, the fireplace is really barren.. I just don't know what to do with it. The lights that were sitting on the mantle now took the hooks I had put in for the wire, and there is currently only two dinosaurs on the mantle (not a million).    

A big part of the problem is the size and location of the fireplace itself.  I live in a shotgun style home, so its really skinny.  To take those fire place photos, I'm actually standing on my couch.  My house is only 11ft wide, but is 17 feet long (it feels a lot longer than that because it just keeps going into my dining room, and then going into my kitchen.. ).  The fire place is a whopping 9 feet wide AND it juts out of the wall almost two feet.  There is simply no set up in the room that allows the fireplace to be a centre piece, we considered putting the tv above the fireplace but we can't sit far enough away from the fireplace to accommodate how high it would be.  

Any ideas?  
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2011 03:31:02 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2011 07:10:22 PM »

a pretty creative fix. nice job
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011 05:07:26 AM »

I like the look of items above the fireplace as opposed to across particularly in small places.  By drawing the eye you make the ceiling seem taller and by extension the room seems bigger.  I think in a shotgun style living room that might help. 

I would make a collage using copies of the pics.  Back it on a thin plywood and you can even add a frame, if you would like. Then put it on the mantle and group the dinos on each side. 

Finally, I'd fill the shelves on the side of the fireplace with larger or taller items that fully fill the space provided without making it look too cluttered.  Empty shelves make it seem like you didn't finish.  I would separate the red vases on the bottom left putting them on the top right and left shelves so they mirror one another.  The shelf with the red and black block painting with the yellow clock piece looks wonderful.  You could move that to the top and then put the red vases on the center shelves.  But the idea is to have some mirroring so it all comes together.     


« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2012 12:22:45 AM »

You did a great job on painting your fireplace. the new color is simply amazing. I feel for you it is really hard to redecorate your house specially if you are in a tight budget in this kind of situation we need to be more resourceful.
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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2012 10:56:46 PM »

Would you consider these for hanging your art?

Yup, I think that will work for hanging light weighted subjects.

« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2013 05:17:14 AM »

I loved the color and pics that you have added to your room near the fireplace. You have already done what could best be done in a 17x11 room.
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2013 03:16:30 AM »

Your fireplace totally turned out beautiful, I am amazed to see the transformation. As you have to put TV on the fireplace but I think this will not look better on this fireplace. Only decorative items will perfect for this place.
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