When the Christmas holiday ends and all the decorations are packed away our living room looks a little like I feel – depressed. I love Christmas and everything it brings. Don’t you think its a let down when the merriment subsides? I miss the excitement and how lovely and lively this house looks and feels.

How to bring back the feeling of a lovely, warm and welcoming home? The answer, update our fireplace wall. I love our fireplace and mantel, but want a cozier feel especially while its so cold and dreary outside.

This was our living room during the holidays. I actually changed our tree this year and went blush and winter white. I will write blog post soon about the blush tree because I want to share the DIY ornaments with you. Once the Christmas decorations are packed away, the living room loses its warmth. I need to bring it back in another way.

Christmas Decor Adds Warmth

Steve and I discussed constructing built-in cabinets in the passed, but the effort and cost were more than I was willing to take on at this point. I decided to create the built-in look with less effort and less costs. My first step was to search for two matching cabinets for each side of the fireplace. The size is a little off standard so the search was a little more challenging.

Friedlander 2 Door Large Accent Cabinet
Friedlander 2 Door Accent Cabinet

I found the perfect pair at Wayfair and got lucky they were on sale. You can find it here: https://secure.img1-fg.wfcdn.com/im/53997782/resize-h800-w800%5Ecompr-r85/6816/68168974/Friedlander+2+Door+Large+Accent+Cabinet.jpg

The cabinets would be delivered in two days, I had a little work to do before they arrived. I wanted to repaint the walls, just to freshen them up. This only required a little of my time since I had still had left over paint from the remodel we did 4 years ago. So I simply moved everything out, cleaned the walls and fireplace thoroughly and applied a coat of paint. I now have a blank canvas.

Steve’s task was a little more difficult – he was adding a plug on the back wall since the TV components will be in one of the cabinets. Yeah! The wires will be hidden.

We were hoping to complete this as a weekend project and we are on track. The cabinets arrived. Of course they have to be put together. I did know that was the case. Be sure to read the item description and specifications before you purchase so you will not be surprised. I did the majority of the installation myself, with assistance from Steve installing the hinges for the door. It’s just easier with 4 hands.

Unfortunately, the color is not a match to the fireplace. The fireplace is bright white and the cabinets are a soft white. There are so many whites, an exact match would have actually been a miracle. There is an easy simple solution, does require a bit more effort on my part, but worth the extra costs and time. I took a small piece of the cabinet wood to our local Lowe’s, the paint associate was able to perfectly match the color and now I only had to paint the fireplace. One quart of paint and we were back in business. I took advantage of a Valspar Paint rebate Lowe’s offered. You can either submit you rebate by mail or online. I choose online and its fast and painless in a few weeks a rebate check will appear in the mail.

Painting the fireplace only took about an hour, it required two coats to get a complete coverage. Now the color is a perfect match and I couldn’t be happier.

You can see the direction I’m going. Second cabinet constructed and installed. Steve also added the plug in the back of the cabinet and re-wired the TV.

Not quite finished, I decided to add floating shelves above both cabinets. I know its not exactly a built-in unit, but so delivered the look I’m after. The shelves were purchased at our favorite store – Lowe’s. They come in black, white, and grey – you guessed it – I had to paint the shelves as well. I always track the cost of our projects – two days of effort and $406.17.

I am really happy with the results. Now to add decor – watch for it – the next blog post.

13 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Fireplace Wall Update

  1. Very nice idea! I love how you handled the issue of paint matching. I noticed you lived with the issue for about 4 years after you remodeled before you came to a solution. I always have to live with room issues for a while before I can find a fix for them too. Does your “new” wall mean that you have to change your Christmas decorating scheme next year?

    1. Ronda, You always run into issues with home decor and remodeling. I have learned to quickly find a solution and not get bogged down in the problem. I was actually thinking about decorating for Christmas yesterday (I was a in store with 75% off Christmas which made me think about it). I will not have to change the location of the Christmas tree and will now have more spaces to add a bit of Christmas cheer.

  2. After being through house building, remodeling, new house being moved in and an upcoming addition, I can really appreciate this! Definitely need to live with something before you know what you want. And even then, you’ll likely change something!


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