April 14, 2015

The Cabin Fireplace- Part 5

I know, I know. Part 5.  This project is dragging on in a big way.  But there is so much to do.  So let me jump into the recent progress.

We have shelf decor! (Or a start on it anyway, it will evolve.) We have cabinet doors!  We have cabinet hardware!  We have curtains! And of course we have the TV mounted on that glorious barn wood wall. 

We also have this super-fly rug.

I scored a big deal on this sisal rug from Rugs USA during a recent clearance sale. The 7'6" x 9'6" rug is usually $649, but I got it for just $129 plus free shipping.  It's soft underfoot, but not too perfect that we have to worry about dirty feet or accidental spills.  And I love this subtle orange touch on the edges.

But sometimes the smallest details take the most time.  In order to get it right, I spent a lot of time trimming out each of the built ins.  First adding trim to the side and top, next adding the toe kicks, and finally caulking and painting every seam and nail hole.

Here's the left side in action:

And the right:

 The right side tried to kick me while I was down, as I had to use a coping saw to perfectly trim around the existing wainscoting molding.  The result after a long period of time I'm embarrassed to confirm, is this crazy, weapon looking piece of trim.

It fit in pretty rough.

But caulk and paint make it what it 'aint.  #NailedIt

That wasn't the only tricky part- I had to remove the ceiling molding on both sides to cut a perfect inside corner where it meets with the built in.  Hello again small glimpse of ugly wall paper.  We meet again for the last time.

I also had to cut perfect outside corners where the built in molding went back to the barn wood wall.

Thank God for painter's caulk.

So after all that work, we finally had this:

 Right? We've got a no joke, real deal, this-is-actually-my-living-room, living room!  Sure, we still need to officially install the fireplace (it's just sitting in there now), install the rock around it and build a mantel, but we're on the home stretch people! Who would have thought that this little wall with one, off center window could have so much potential? 

Next step- let's get the fire burning baby!

Pst- Want to follow along on the big cabin fireplace wall project from the beginning?  Or jump straight to the end?  Here you go:

Removing the Window
Part 1- Framing The Fireplace
Part 2- Building the Built-Ins
Part 3- Finishing the Built-Ins
Part 4- Installing the Built-Ins & Building Barn Wood TV Wall
Part 5- Triming Out the Built-Ins (to make them look "built in.")
Part 6- Creating a Stacked Stone Fireplace Surround 
Part 7- Building the Fireplace Mantel 
The Big Cabin Fireplace Wall Reveal 


  1. What a great job you are doing! This is looking fabulous!

  2. What an amazing transformation!

    I'm impressed that you've written only 5 posts - I would be on year 5 (with no blog & no kids to slow me down) and nowhere near as done as you are.

    1. I agree! This seems like a lightning fast project!