A common feature of houses of a certain era seems to be the fireplace in the family room. Some families embrace the expanse of red brick and enjoy their winter nights in front of the fire. Others, not so much. But as this crafty family demonstrates, your fireplace doesn't have to dictate the style of your family room.
Bruno at ManMade bid a not so fond farewell to his Brady Bunch-inspired fireplace, which he had gamely tried to hide for years behind large toys and other objects. He and his wife used special heat-proof paint, a few bundles of birch logs and a some other extras to turn this corner of the room from a sore spot into a focal point. The tutorial is simple to follow and refreshing in the fact that it shows their missteps when it came to decorating the birch logs. It's nice to know that there are others out there whose grand visions do not always come to fruition.
Check out the process and full transformation over at ManMade.