Mondays are the worst so I thought we’d brighten things up with part 2 of our brick fireplace makeover and a fun giveaway. You can read about part 1, where we gave the mantel a makeover, here.

Before we get to the fun part, the giveaway (at the bottom of this post), let’s talk about the makeover we did on our brick fireplace. 

With just a little bit of paint and a few hours you can freshen up a builder basic fireplace by doing this easy DIY brick fireplace makeover | Chatfield Court

I was excited to have a fireplace in the living room but that excitement quickly faded when we realized it was in the only space that could hold our tv. After a lot of discussion, and I mean a lot, we decided that the only place for the tv was over the fireplace. Not my first choice but, when you live in a small space, you do what you gotta do. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover www.chatfieldcourt.comThe mantel was very shallow, and not wide enough to hold our tv, so we did what any good DIYer would do…

We slapped a piece of plywood up on the mantel, hooked the tv up and called it done. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover www.chatfieldcourt.comIt stayed this way for 6 months until I couldn’t stand to look at it one any longer. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover www.chatfieldcourt.com

I won’t go into all of the details again but after a bit of sleuthing for a solution and then for the perfect piece of wood, the mantel was looking 100% better, the tv fit and we were able to ditch the plywood.

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, new mantel | Chatfield Court

Now that the mantel was done, it was time to give the brick a makeover.

When we moved into the house the brick surround was painted black and there were propane logs hooked up (with about 20 years of dog hair and dust). It was dirty, dusty and completely gross. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew it needed to be cleaned up so I took away the screen, removed the gas logs and gave the firebox a much needed cleaning. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, before www.chatfieldcourt.com

I lived with the surround painted black for months, trying to figure out what I wanted to do, but inspiration never hit. Once the mantel was done, though, I knew I wanted to freshen up the surround, if only temporarily until a better idea popped up, so I decided to give it a fresh coat of paint.

Before any paint went up on the brick, I donned my snazzy yellow rubber gloves and gave the surround a thorough cleaning with hot water and TSP. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, cleaning www.chatfieldcourt.com

The rest was easy. A few of hours and a couple of coats of the same paint that was used on the mantel, SW Alabaster, and the brick fireplace makeover was done.

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, surround www.chatfieldcourt.com

It only took 6 months and a little bit of paint but it’s looking so much better and brighter. 

A super easy DIY brick fireplace makeover that can be done in a few hours with just a little bit of paint | Chatfield CourtThe walls are on the list for paint (eventually) so that will change things too. 

I still want to do something fun to the surround but I can live with this…for now. 

An easy DIY brick fireplace makeover that can be done in a few hours with just a bit of paint | Chatfield CourtDIY brick fireplace makeover that can be done in a few hours with just a bit of paint | Chatfield Court

Ok, enough with the projects, let’s have some fun with a giveaway for a $50 HomeGoods gift card. Yay!!!

This isn’t a sponsored post, it’s just a little something from me as a way to say thank you for your support. Thank you for coming back every time I post and thank you for sharing yourselves with me through your emails and comments. I treasure this little community we have created together. 

Because this is from me, there are no hoops to jump through to enter. To earn 2 entries, simply leave a comment telling me what you would buy at HomeGoods if you won the giveaway and click on the “Leave a blog post comment” in the giveaway box that you commented. The giveaway runs for 1 week and I’ll contact the winner by email. 

Good luck!!!!

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Check out a couple of other projects we’ve been doing around the house

DIY floating shelves in the bathroom using reclaimed wood | Chatfield Court

DIY Faux Floating Shelves

An easy DIY makeover on a kitchen island using paint | Chatfield Court

Easy Kitchen Island Makeover

 

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We are moving right along with our projects. I still have 500 going at once, and my house is currently a disaster zone, but we are making progress. It’s slow but it is progress. 

Today is all about our DIY fireplace mantel. I haven’t shown this side of the living room very much because we had to do a rough modification on the mantel when we moved in but, now that it’s finally done, I can share it more often.

DIY fireplace mantel

We had a very shallow mantel on the fireplace when we moved in but, once we figured out that our big flat screen tv would have to sit on that shallow ledge, we knew that it would need some work.

The tv placement was a huge discussion between the hubs and me when we first moved in (although every project seems to be a huge discussion). 😉  The previous owners had a tv on a small stand next to the fireplace but I knew that would’t work for me. We did discuss hanging it on the wall above the fireplace but the hubs didn’t want to do that and we still would have had to find a place for the cable box (why do they make them so big in this day and age?).

DIY fireplace mantel

Unable to come up with a solution, we used a rough cut piece of plywood that was wide enough for our tv to sit on the existing mantel. 

DIY fireplace mantel Since this is the only spot in this room for a tv, we were going to have to make this work.

This is what it looked like for 6 months while we searched for an inexpensive solution. Not pretty.

DIY fireplace mantelIn the end we decided to try to add another level to the mantel with a wider and longer solid piece of reclaimed wood. The goal was to make it look like it was always there while giving our tv a place to live. We weren’t interested in rebuilding or adding fancy moldings or corbels, we wanted to preserve the original look and keep it simple. 

We looked everywhere to find a piece of solid reclaimed wood that was thick enough, long enough and wide enough, while keeping the budget in mind. We looked in architectural salvage shops, Restore, estate sales…

Everywhere we went, we looked. After a few months we knew that if we were going to get a thick solid piece, it would have to be new wood…from a lumber yard…and more money than we wanted to spend.  

DIY fireplace mantel

With a new plan I went searching our local lumber yard and found exactly what we needed. A beautiful piece of white pine that was thick enough so it wouldn’t warp (fingers crossed) and wide enough for our tv. It cost more than we wanted but the lumber yard planed and smoothed it out for me so, in the end it, was worth the $91 we shelled out.

Since it was already cut to size and sanded smooth, all we had to do was to attach it to the existing mantel using some well placed screws from underneath. No ugly screw holes to fill and it’s very secure. 

DIY fireplace mantelI caulked and primed and painted, with leftover trim paint, and our new mantel looks like it’s been here since the house was built. Plus the tv fits perfectly. 

A DIY fireplace mantel makeover to accommodate a flat screen tv in a small living room. A simple and easy fix using a large piece of white pine and paint. www.chatfieldcourt.com

I’m still not thrilled with the tv sitting on the mantel, but when you have a small house and you want to watch tv you make due. 

A DIY fireplace mantel makeover to accommodate a flat screen tv in a small living room. A simple and easy fix using a large piece of white pine wood. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Finn’s favorite pillow in his favorite spot. I think he loves the fireplace.

A DIY fireplace mantel makeover to accommodate a flat screen tv in a small living room. A simple and easy fix using a large piece of white pine wood, caulk and paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comThe fireplace is still a work in progress, it’s one of the 500 projects I’m currently working on, so I’ll do a full reveal when it’s done. Hopefully next week.

A DIY fireplace mantel makeover to accommodate a flat screen tv in a small living room. A simple and easy fix using a large piece of white pine wood and paint. www.chatfieldcourt.comI think we accomplished our goal with our new DIY fireplace mantel.

How do you feel about putting a tv on a fireplace? 

Happy week my friends!!!

Catch up on a few of my other recent projects

DIY open shelving in the kitchen using rustic reclaimed wood. www.chatfieldcourt.com

DIY Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Tips for getting a designer throw pillow look without paying designer prices. www.chatfieldcourt.comWho Doesn’t Love a Good Throw Pillow

Linking up at Between Naps on the Porch, Savvy Southern Style

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I am one of those people that would crinkle my nose and shake my head whenever I saw open shelves in a kitchen. After all, I’m a neat freak and minimalist when it comes to kitchen decor, and I knew that I would never have open shelving in my kitchen. How do the dishes stay clean? Who wants to see all that stuff?

It doesn’t happen often, but I can honestly say that I was so wrong about them. 

Beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com

I know they’ve been talked about all over blogland but they’re so darn versatile, inexpensive to do and they look great. What’s not to love, right?

I knew when we moved in that I would have them in this house.

There was a wine storage cabinet on one of the walls in the kitchen that would never get utilized (talk about a dust catcher), so I decided pretty quickly that it would have to go and that wood shelves would be the best solution.

Beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. www.chatfieldcourt.comI had a barn wood shelf in our Illinois house, that we installed during our kitchen remodel, and I loved how useful it was, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to do them again. This time though, we would do 2 and try to keep the budget under $50.

Open shelving in a newly remodeled galley kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.comI love this kind of project because it’s relatively inexpensive and it’s super easy to do. The hardest part was trying to figure out how to hang the shelves so that I could put my dishes on them without everything crashing to the floor.

The studs didn’t line up on the wall so that we could use shelf brackets the way they are supposed to be used, so we had to improvise. There was a lot of discussion back and forth with the hubs and I, and we finally decided to hang these shelves the same way that we hung the bathroom shelves, with a metal strap on the back of the shelf.

That way we could screw it into the studs so that they were secure. 

open shelving Before we hung the shelves though, I had a bit of work to do fixing the holes and painting the wall. 

I went with Benjamin Moore Paper White, which is a very pale gray, and I love how it came out. So much better than the pale yellow that was on all of the walls when we moved in. We’ll talk more about the paint color when I share the whole room reveal.

open shelving I didn’t want the kitchen shelves to be exactly like the bathroom shelves, so we used shelf brackets, from Home Depot, to add a farmhouse touch. Since the metal straps are doing all the work, the brackets are mostly for looks.

open shelving You can barely see the metal strap behind the wood and, from across the room you can’t see them at all. .

Beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. www.chatfieldcourt.comJust like the shelf in our Illinois kitchen, these shelves hold our everyday dishes and glasses and a few plants. I didn’t want to be dusting a lot of stuff so 2 small shelves were the right choice for me.

Beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com I brought the barn wood with us from Illinois, so our only expenses were the metal strap for $10 and 4 shelf brackets, which were $7.95 each. That’s a total of $42 for just the shelves. I did spend money on a gallon of paint but I was going to have to do that even if we didn’t put shelves up.

Adding beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com If you wanted to do this in your own home, and you didn’t have or want to use barn wood, you could use a piece of pine and stain it or paint it. 

How to install beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.comSo this is it for me. I’ve almost used up my whole supply of barn wood so I won’t be building anymore shelves.

I’m almost positive. 😉

How to add beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com Now I have to finish painting the rest of the kitchen and dining room walls and I’ll be ready to give you a proper tour of the space. 

How to hang beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Hope you have a great week!!!

Other projects you can check out…

DIY faux floating shelves in the bathroom for extra storage. www.chatfieldcourt.com

DIY Faux Floating Shelves in the Bathroom

 Easy kitchen island makeover with paint. www,chatfieldcourt.comEasy Kitchen Island Makeover 

 

 

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*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Behr.  All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m so excited to kick off this new year by partnering with Behr on a project for their Behr Designer Stories series on the Behr.com website. My project for the series was all about taking a $9 Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint, and I’m thrilled with the results. (I’m also hosting a giveaway so make sure you enter for your chance to win a $50 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of the post).

An easy DIY project taking a Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint. Chatfield Court

When we lived in Illinois I found this awesome vintage Ethan Allen dresser at a local Goodwill shop for just $9. Sadly, it sat in our basement for months and eventually made it’s way down to North Carolina with us, with the hopes that I would find the time to give it a makeover. When Behr approached me to do a project for their Designer Stories series, I knew that the old dresser would be the perfect candidate and that it would finally get a much needed facelift.

We live in a small home, with limited storage options, so the dresser is the perfect piece to makeover so that we could store our extra clothing. It was in fair condition, with a lot of surface scratches and it sat low to the ground, but it was solid (and did I mention cheap!), so all it really needed was a fabulous new paint color and 4 sturdy legs to give it a brand new look. 

Adding new vintage hardware to an old Goodwill dresser. www.chatfieldcourt.com

 

To get a fresh new look for this diamond-in-the-rough dresser, I chose Behr Premium Plus® Interior Satin Enamel Paint & Primer In One in “Sea Ice”. It’s my new favorite color!

Want to see the drab before? Head on over to Behr.com and check out how I turned my $9 find into a beauty. While you’re there, make sure you check out the page that the nice folks at Behr made just for me, with a few photos of the “fam”. 

Now to the fun part…your chance to win a  $50 Home Depot Gift Card!!! Good luck!

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