We recently shared the behind the build post of the living room built ins, but I wanted to share what we did after the built ins were complete. The mantle was very traditional and the tile was something I really disliked, so after some planning, we decided to expand on the coastal feel of the living room and add tongue and groove boards and a reclaimed mantle! It made all the difference!
Living Room Design: The After
The in between was messy but it was worth it. We removed the traditional mantle (and donated it!) as well as the small tiles.
We wanted wider planks for the fireplace than the local store had to offer in shiplap (pre primed format) so we chose to go with these 8″ tongue and groove boards. We chose to do a picture frame style of trim around the fireplace.
The rods you see are to anchor the very heavy reclaimed mantle.
Primed and ready for paint!
We used high heat black paint for the inside of the fireplace. It made a huge difference!
Living Room Decor
I love this photo of the mantle styled for Halloween in the Fall. It really showcases how the black paint inside the fireplace upgrade the space.
Living Room TV Wall
And here is the living room built ins with a more neutral coastal classic design style.
Living Room Built Ins Project Sources:
- White Dipped Stools – We use these everywhere!! Great for a drink while snuggled up on said chair.
- Aloha Flag – Love the vintage feel and layering.
- Most items are Target and no longer in stock, check out their home decor section for similar!
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