I couldn’t be more excited to have our living room built-ins done! We finished painting and installing everything right before Christmas and I love how much function and beauty they add to our living room.
This is where we started.
After constructing the drywall build out, our next project was the fireplace and surround.
We bought a stand alone 28″ electric fireplace unit last summer for $150 off Kijiji.ca as we knew we wanted to add a fireplace to the living room. When we started planning the living room renovation, we decided to use the fireplace surround as well as the fireplace insert and made plans to customize it to make it built-in.
We decided we wanted to mount it to the face of the build out so we cut the depth of the fireplace unit down from 16″ to 4″, sanded the original finish and primed it with an oil based primer. We painted it Behr’s Ultra Pure White in semi-gloss with the paint sprayer over a few evenings, giving it several thin coats of paint. The paint sprayer does a beautiful job with the finish and is so much faster then painting all the nooks and crannies by hand. We set up a painting tent with plastic drop sheets in the basement so we didn’t have to worry about over-spray.
After letting it cure for a couple weeks we mounted it to the face of the build out with “L” brackets screwed into the back from inside the build out. We caulked the gap around the outside and touched up our caulk line with paint.
I knew I’d enjoy a fireplace but I didn’t realize how much I would love it until it was installed. It instantly cozies up the living room and I find that even if we don’t need the extra heat I will often turn on the flame just because I love how cozy it makes the living room feel.
Next we turned our focus to the doors for the TV nook. We looked at so many options for these but finally decided we wanted something that would visually cover most of the space above the fireplace and mimic the design on the fireplace surround so they would feel more like one unit.
Dan drew up a few design options and we went back and forth on our favourite, asked you what you thought and then finally decided upon these.
We cut the base of each door from 1/2″ sanded pine plywood and trimmed out the edges of the doors with 2 1/2″ x 5/8″ MDF. Dan customized each trim piece by notching it out to make a stepped edge to mimic the post design on the fireplace surround.
We glued and air nailed the trim boards in place and then filled the nail holes and cracks with wood filler and sanded them down. We primed the doors with oil based primer and then painted them with the same Behr’s Ultra Pure White in semi-gloss in several thin coats with the paint sprayer over the next few days.
The doors are bi-folds so they are easy to open and don’t take up too much visual space when we are using the TV.
The base door hinges are at the top and bottom of each door so they are hardly noticeable. We bought a few different options for hinges, and ended up using these. We spray painted them white before installing and the slotted mounting holes made small adjustments to the fit of the door much easier. Between the sections of the bi-fold we used these non-mortise hinges, also spray painted white.
We added a removable shelf underneath the TV for media player storage but we can also remove it when we need to get at the outlet behind the fireplace where everything is plugged in.
Dan added a conduit behind the TV before we painted the walls and it works beautifully to organize and hide all our cords through the wall behind the TV and then down below the shelf to the outlet.
And then we can just close it all up when its not in use. I love that its all there ready to use, but doesn’t have to be out front and center in our space.
We worked on building, painting and installing the shelving at the same time but we wanted to wait a month before loading them up so the paint had a good long time to cure and harden. I will share all the details and pictures of them all loaded up in an upcoming post.
For now, you’ll find me here, cozied up in the wing back enjoying the warmth of the fireplace while I try to hibernate through winter.