Working on older homes that are full of charm and character is always a delight, and the living room project in this 1925 Tudor style home was no exception. Overall the homeowner liked the charm of the fireplace and the character of the original molding, but wanted to give it an update and add some color.
After: We kept the original panel molding on the upper part of the living room fireplace, but added a sconce in each panel. We removed the ornate fluted and dentil molding and replaced them with simpler molding details and a thicker mantel. The marble fireplace surround was replace with a pretty bluish green picket shaped textured tile and we replaced the hearth with marbled tile.
After: A view looking toward the front of the home.
The back wall of the living room featured a wall of beautiful built ins with arch details and a window seat but, like the fireplace, the trim was ornate and a little tired.
On this wall, we removed the baseboard heat vents under the window seat and built a toe kick to relocate the heat. This allowed us to build drawers under the window seat for additional storage, and then we replaced the doors under the bookcases to match. We installed new hardware and painted the entire wall trim white with a contrasting navy inside the book case nooks.