Before & After: Molly's Family Room Fireplace Makeover

Before & After: Molly's Family Room Fireplace Makeover

Janel Laban
Sep 22, 2011

I love to hear that one of our "oldie but goodie" archive posts has helped somone out, years later. It's one of the best things about publishing online — all of the info we've shared over the years is still findable and usable — it lives on. Molly used our (2005!) post on how to get a limed effect on brick to tackle her fireplace makeover. Both it and the Family Room that it's part of look utterly amazing now. Take a peek…

Molly sent us the pics by email but she also wrote all about the fireplace and room redo on her blog, The Nesting Game. (such a great name!)

She writes:

The fireplace was another project and a half.
We knew we did not want to leave the brick as it was, but instead of simply painting it, we used a treatment I found on Apartment Therapy from the BBDW store in New York. (Read the comment about 2/3 of the way down by Tyler for the instructions, if interested.) All it is is drywall compound applied to the brick, dried and sanded. We sanded a little more than they did at BBDW because we wanted a bit more of a liming-effect, with some of the red showing through to tie into our color scheme.
It was a bit messy.
But worth it.

Ha! All the good projects seem to be just that - a bit messy, but worth it!

Be sure to check out all of Molly's makeover details:
Nest Tour: Family Room

As well as our original "liming" process post:
How To: Make Your Brick Walls Like BDDW's

Thanks, Molly!

Images: Molly/The Nesting Game

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