Big Reveal: Living Room Built Ins!

25 Nov

Our living room built ins are finally done and they look amazing! The last time I showed them on the blog, they looked like this:


And now here they are all complete:


A lot better than what we had just a few months ago:


Since the last update we installed a honed black granite hearth to replace the dated tile. Next we installed Tile Shop’s Claros Silver stacked stone on top of the existing brick.

Here’s a close up of the fireplace before:


And now:


We used the same fireplace screen and gas log set as before.

Ben also installed a switch on the right side of the built ins so we can easily turn on the gas fireplace.


Here’s a look at the fireplace turned on, so warm and cozy!


The cabinets are painted a crisp, clean white called Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. We chose oil rubbed bronze hardware and found the cup pulls from ATG Stores and the knobs from Home Depot.

Ben installed a chase behind the TV so all our cords are hidden in the wall and the components and our printer are in one of the cabinets.

The closed storage is great; we have board games, serving dishes, office supplies and more in there. Way more functional than the open shelves before.

Here’s another view farther back. You may notice the fireplace isn’t centered so there are more cabinets on the left side.


That side table is relatively new from Chip and Joanna’ Gaines new line of furniture at Value City. And the table lamp is also new from Target (on sale here).


The built ins finally match the rest of the renovated first floor and everything flows together nicely. Here’s a look at the main first floor living area:


I never showed the wainscoting we installed in the dining room:


We also installed beadboard on the kitchen peninsula. The kitchen stools are from Ballard Designs.



Here’s the other side of the living room looking toward the front door and the playroom through those french doors. The rug is from Home Decorators or Amazon here. You can see how we created the barn wood beams here.


Here’s a look back at the living room when we bought the place four years ago:

12 Oaks Before 149

You wouldn’t even think it was the same house now:


Lastly, here are the built ins looking particularly warm and beautiful after we hung our stockings and decorated for Christmas today:



Hooray, this is one of our last major projects inside the house (for now). Now all our focus is on the “flip.” Update on that to come soon.

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