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The Hearth Shelves

 

The more I looked at the fire place hearth in this room, the more I wanted to do something with it.  What I thought of at first was to place some cushions on top of the brick on both sides of the fire place.  The brick is not smooth on top and without cushions you can only sit on it a few minutes before your butt hurts.  You would have to move the cushions before you lit a fire. 

Then I thought about the storage space in this room.  Other than the furniture, there is none.  So I thought about buying some shelving and mounting it to the wall on top of the hearth.  Again, I looked all over the web for some photos of someone else who placed shelves on top of a brick fire place hearth. You guessed it...nada. I am beginning to think I am the only one in the world with wacky ideas.

I thought of the advantages of doing this.  Added storage, shelves to place lighting on to take advantage of the two electrical outlets, hide the electrical box.  Disadvantages? Could not think of any.

I looked for some inexpensive ready made shelves or cabinets that would fill the space on both sides of the fireplace.  I could not find anything that fit exactly.  Again, I went with the only option.  Custom make the shelves I wanted myself.  Now that I had my awesome table saw, I could create what I wanted.

Downstairs den (aka former man cave) fireplace wall.
For the design phase of any project, I use the computer graphics program called CorelDraw. A software program I have used for a couple of decades for my work.  I basically import a photo of the area I want to work with and digitally "draw" on top of the photo working out my design idea.  When I like what I see, I do the physical measurements and then create the drawings to scale to figure out the size of wood I will need and the cuts. 

Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of the different stages of the project. My apologies. I sometimes get so involved in the making of something, I forget to pause and take photos.  What you see above is the finished project.  The two shelf units look like they are evenly sized in the photo but the shelf unit on the right is slightly wider. And yes, they are just sitting on top of the hearth.

I bought 3/4" inch plywood to make the frames and shelves. All of the shelves are removable except for the shelves above the lower cabinets which are fixed and help stabilize the shelves.  The shelves are completely open on the back and are anchored to the back and side walls.

The cabinet doors are made from 1/2" plywood scraps I had.  The bottom cabinet doors are actually 2 pieces of wood glued together to form one large piece. The beadboard wallpaper I used on the walls was used on the inside of the cabinet doors and on the outside to match the walls in the room.

I placed moulding between the shelves and the wall to give it more of a built-in look.  Each shelf has an electrical outlet. I plan to eventually place a flat screen TV on the left shelf unit.  Remember the electrical box? It is now hidden in the tall cabinet section to the right of the light (see photo below).  That is why there are no shelves in this section in there to block it.

I now have lots of storage place and did not take up any floor space in the process.
Remember how this wall looked before?

But now that I have more storage space, I craved more.  MORE STORAGE!

See the closet I built in this room...

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Brick Replacement and Brick Accent Painting
Ceiling Tiles
Closet Built from Scratch
Column Wraps for 4" x 8" Posts
Curb Appealing Street Numbers
Cut Paper Artwork - Kitchen
Door Knobs and Cabinet Pulls
Doors
Dry rotted wood beam repair and paint
Doggy door installed on wrought iron screen door - Repair of door
Duct Work
Faux Brick and Tile
- Stucco wall patio and backyard stairs
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- Painted tile pool deck (Oklahoma)
Fire Place Hearth Shelves
Foundation Issues
Garage Facelift - Closet, etc
Gate From Hell
Horrible Man Cave (rec room) Total Renovation
House Entrance Renovation
How to fix holes in a wrought iron screen door and replace screen
How to Make Your Own Door
- Crawl Space Door
How to Winterize a Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler
Kitchen Counter Tops - Faux Granite
Kitchen Facelift
Kitchen Light Facelift
Laundry Room Cupboards
Main Bathroom Repair / Remodel
Master Bathroom Shower Area Stripped to the Studs
Oklahoma Home Facelift -- Aluminum Siding and Paint
OMG!  The sink was leaking the whole time we were away?
Raising the Roof - Garage Roof Replacement
Rock Wall Repair
Siding - Exterior
Solar Lighting Journey
Stair Door
Stairs to the Lower Level
Stencils - How to Make Your Own Stencils for Paint Projects
Storage Shed / Closet
Storm Shelter (Oklahoma)
Stucco Wall Repair and Paint
Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Maintenance
Wrought Iron Facelift Outside
Weather Stripping (doors)
Why is My Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Blowing Hot Air?