Fireplace Makeover Part Two | Built in Shelves

img_5771Ahh you guys! I’m so excited to be here sharing with you today our finished makeover in the living room. I shared last week how we updated our mantle by painting it white.  I can’t believe how much doing that one little thing brightened up the whole room.  I have always wanted built in shelves in my living room beside my fireplace, but it always seemed like a dream.  I got a quote to do it a few years ago and it was almost $1000, so yea I definitely put that on the back burner.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I realized my brother could totally do this for me. He is a great carpenter and has been slowly updating his girlfriends cabin and he builds furniture all the time.  So I asked him if he would be willing to tackle this project with me and he happily obliged!

He did such a great job and I’m so happy with how well they turned out.  And he’s so awesome, it only took him like 6 hours to complete the install.  His girlfriend and I painted the wood the day before to make the install easier (thanks Dana for all your help!)  Ok lets see a little before and after action first. 

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What a difference, right? They help brighten up the room even more. And I have already had so much fun decorating them.  They are dressed up for Christmas and I’m sure they will change often.  I set up my Christmas village this year and I think its so cute. It might not be the most popular thing to do as far as design goes, but it has a special meaning to me and brings me memories of when I used to help my grandmother set up her village each year. I also love how intrigued Anika is with it. She loves to pretend with the people in the village and moves them around all the time. It makes my heart smile to see how much she loves it, the way I did when I was little.  

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So there they are, friends! I’m so in love with how they turned out.  What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments. 

I hope you all have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving! 

xoxo

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