Ranch House Redo | Revamping the Mantel

Things have been bustling right along with our little ranch house redo! I wanted to share with you one of our biggest projects to date. Being a part of the Lowe's Creative Ideas Network, I kind of wanted to see how far we could stretch our DIYness, being that we are not very handy (like, AT ALL). We added built-ins to the fireplace in the family room and I'm very happy with the way they turned out. The space is far from finished, but it's made a huuuge step forward, don't you think? Time for some paint and of course I need to "style" the shelves now. I'm currently on the hunt for some storage baskets and I'm still debating on what color to paint the walls. But I'm super happy that the mantel/fireplace project is finished just in time for some holiday decorating! Can't wait to bust out the stockings and Christmas garland!

We kept the shelves and trim pretty minimal. This house doesn't have a lot of decorative trim detail, so this fits right in. We also created a slight frame for the fireplace because the brick needed....something. Before the fireplace was so top heavy and now the brick showing on the left, top and right are pretty much equal, which is definitely more pleasing to the eye. 

All of the wood and trim pieces are from Lowe's. Luckily the Mr had his Dad & Uncle to help him out with this one, because let me tell you, it would have turned out looking MUCH differently if it was just me & him working on it ;) 

Under the trim pieces on the left side I hung a desktop filing basket with some teacup hooks to hold all of the serious cords. And these white, plastic grommets made it super easy to have clean hole for our cords to travel through.

We also covered up the cords coming from the TV and cable boxes, by threading them through these plastic cord channels. We plan to paint them the same color as the walls (once I've figured out what color that is!). 

We primed and painted the shelving (all in one step) using Vaslpars No Voc Primer and Paint in one. And as you can see, we didn't tape the walls ;) But that was just one step to cut out since we'll be painting them soon anyways.

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  1. What a huge transformation! For not being handy, I'd say this was definitely a major success.

  2. Wow, can't wait to see it all done!

  3. Love the file tray idea. I'm going to steal that one! Great transformation. So much better!


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