What a combination – it must have been awesome in the 80’s! Though I’m sure it was nice once, our Master Bedroom fireplace decked out in dated honey-stained oak mantle and old red brick has been crying for a facelift. My first instinct was to go solid, traditional white for the most serene presence in the sleeping quarters … though the more I thought about it (and stared blankly at it, looking for inspiration) – the more I knew that this wonderful feature of our home deserved a more interesting treatment. I’m thinking soothing, serene Master Retreat… ahhh!!! Continue reading
It seems too obvious now, but in all my DIY-ing about the house, this quick and easy fireplace update took quite a lot of consideration to figure out. What was it? Painting the old, outdated shiny ’80s brass fireplace door surround – fast, cheap, and looks SO much better!
We started out with this giant built-in bookshelf/wall surrounding the family room fireplace in that go-to late-1980s/early ’90s builder-grade honey oak cabinetry and shelving. The wood is in great shape, and solid, though it strikes me why such a significant wall unit would be custom-made in a builder-standard style like this. I never remember this finish being “all the rage” – it just seemed like what every builder put in every new kitchen and bathroom at the time… it was everywhere. Oy vey. Continue reading