So that’s how it all started. Our main living room TV broke. Our 2 year old, 60 inch, no longer under warranty TV 😣 And let me tell you, my husband is a fixer. He fixes everything. So like he does, he took the TV apart, fiddled around with it, ordered a new part, some kind of board for the inside of a TV…and he fixed it!!! For 2 days it was fixed… then it broke again. He fiddled with it some more…and decided it was just plain broken. As in put your TV out with the garbage kind of broken. Sad day in the Duncan house.
I don’t know about you guys but I personally am not a huge TV watcher. Sure I have my favorite Netflix shows that I binge watch every now and again 🙋🏼… but for the most part… I’m more of a turn the music on vs. turn the TV on kinda gal. John was once gone for 2 months straight for work, and I lost the remote and didn’t know how to manually turn on and navigate the TV… so I just didn’t… for 2 months… you’re getting my drift here right?
So John and I decided that we would NOT be replacing the TV. Big decisions going on over here! We also have a TV and couch set in our basement/play room… so we aren’t getting too crazy over here and becoming TV free or anything.
So naturally, I’m getting super exciting thinking YAY, I get to do something with my mantle/fireplace wall. I knew that I wanted to make my fireplace look bigger… it looks so small on that big wall, and especially with no TV up above, it needs some umph. See where I’m going with this? We started looking into all types of wood paneling, shiplap, tongue and groove, real wood, fake wood, plywood and all the in between. My original plan was to use tongue and groove wooden boards and paint them white… and then we saw this…. for a quarter of the price, and they were done. No painting, no staining, nothing. Now these are FAUX tongue and groove wood boards… which I was a bit hesitant on… but for $30 I had to at least give it a shot. Yes you read that right… it cost $30 to panel our whole fireplace wall. $2 per board and we needed 15 boards. (This price is also after sending in a mail in rebate) These boards are from Menards, our local hardware store.
For those interested in my wall paint color, it is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt mixed at 80%. It’s an awesome color because it goes with all the colors!! It’s also considered a chameleon color because depending on the light and time of day, it can look blue, green or grey. Love it.
After lots of thought, I decided to go with a chunky 4 1/4 inch trim. I wanted to make a statement, and I wanted it to look like an extension of the fireplace, not just a paneled wall. We used unfinished trim that we painted Olympic Antique White (Lowes) in a semi-gloss. The trim was a bit pricier than I had hoped it would be, we ended up spending about $60 on the 3 pieces. $90 for the whole project though, I would say I’m happy with that….AND that’s a lot less than we would have paid for a new TV 😆
So here is end result…. what do you think??
Tell me about your fireplace wall!!! Talk soon.