Our Great Room Reno

Before we moved a single item in, we went to work ripping stuff OUT.

To start, the ivory carpet had to go- in this room and in our master bedroom (right off of the great room).

Before 2

Before 1

We matched up the existing hardwoods and ran them the opposite direction to break the space up a bit.  We also chose to add a decorative border in Brazilian Cherry to make it pop.


floorsNext, we chose to remove the oddly located gas fireplace and built a floor to ceiling stone one on the opposite wall- a much better place for it.

Removal 1

Removal 2


The husband, with supervision of a master carpenter [aka my dad], then began building to new fireplace across the room.  Materials included lumber, plywood, metal lathing and the existing gas insert.

Build 3


Build 2



They sized up the gas insert as well as our surround sound speaker and cut the plywood according to provide a built-in look.

Build 5

We opted to hire a local professional mason to apply the stone facade.  It took 2 1/2 days and cost apprx $800 more to do so, but we knew that it would be done correctly [and much quicker].  It was worth it!

The walls were painted a dark shade of neutral grey called Creek Bend by Behr.

behr – creek bend


To see the before and afters, check out my Room Tour post!



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