Living Room Gets Rustic Renovation

Post-Production Thoughts

“Today’s Homeowner” hosts Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf visit with Crystal and Trent Gatlin.

Crystal and Trent have a beautiful home and the family room was already attractive; it just didn’t suit the style and unique personality of their family.

So we started with the focal point of the room — the fireplace. By removing the basic kit mantel and plain ceramic surround, we gave ourselves a blank canvas to work with.

The split bricks we used for the surround brought in plenty of rustic charm while Chelsea’s German Schmear finish added a touch of modern design and brightness to the surface.

The faux shiplap that we wrapped around the fireplace makes it unapologetic about its role as the focal point in the room, and the simple corbel and beam maple mantel add both warmth and sentimental value to the space.

The new beam overhead is simple and clean but it helps balance the room by drawing some attention to the enormous vaulted ceiling.
And the shiplap in that nook up above seems to give that area a little more purpose.

Plus we only spent a little over $500 for all the materials to complete the project.

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