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When we moved into our "new" 1960's home, the family room needed a LOT of work. The focal point of the room is a fireplace that is flanked by two built-in bookcases. As you can see from the BEFORE photo, the fireplace was an ugly painted cream brick and the shelves were that nice 70's wood tone. We transformed the bookcases by painting them white and adding new moulding and hardware and then we lined the back of the bookcases with burlap and styled the shelves. For the fireplace, we had a gas fireplace insert put in to replace the wood burning fireplace and then used stone veneer to transform its look. We debated about a fireplace mantel but decided not to add one so the space had a more clean look. More details and pictures of our project can be seen at http://drivenbydecor.blogspot.com/2012/05/transforming-fireplace-and-built-in.html