Fireplace - From Ordinary to Extraordinary!

Home Stager with First Fruit Holdings
This fireplace was just a "black hole" in the living room wall.


With the right color paint and few accessories, this fireplace became the focal point in the room. Buyers can't help but notice it!


Edited to add the whole room pictures:

Living Room  AFTER

Living Room AFTER

Living Room AFTER

The house is priced at $153,725 and is 4 years old. It is located in a Swim/Tennis Neighborhood in Grayson, GA. It was vacant, but thanks to some great deals on furniture from Craigslist, myself and my fellow AR member/stager Susan Cunningham staged every room. More photos to come later in another blog.

Comments (25)

Tosha Tate-Dickson
Finair Management Group Inc. - South Holland, IL

Cindy, your color selection was right on the money! Congrats~

Feb 01, 2009 03:56 AM

That's a gorgeous job you did.  What paint brand/color is that?

Feb 01, 2009 05:58 AM
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

Great wall color, Cindy.  What was your paint selection?

Feb 01, 2009 08:37 AM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Looks awesome, Cindy.

Congratulations.  Your post is being featured in the group Staging Before & After Pictures.


Feb 01, 2009 09:18 AM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Amazing what a paint color can do!!! The staging warmed the room right up.  Great work! 

Feb 01, 2009 10:17 AM
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Great transformation!  Turning the blackhole into a FABULOUS fireplace really changed the whole feel of the room.  Looking forward to seeing what you did with the rest of this house!

Feb 01, 2009 10:35 AM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Nice work.  Love fireplaces, but they really need attention otherwise they are just a black hole.  T

Feb 01, 2009 10:52 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Painting the walls made such a huge transformation.  Before, I agree, the fireplace was lackluster and blah (and I have almost the exact same one)... adding color made it pop off the wall and suddenly it was an actual focal point.  Adding the art and accessories nicely topped off the job....

Feb 01, 2009 11:25 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

What a beautiful job!  I love the wall color.  All that furniture came from Craig's List?  I would like to hear more about that.  All from one seller or several different ones.

Feb 01, 2009 12:00 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

What a great transformation.   Little color and a lot of talent.

Great job

Feb 01, 2009 12:23 PM
Cindy Griffith
First Fruit Holdings - Lawrenceville, GA

Kathy, thanks for the feature!

I appreciate all of the positive comments!

The color is SW Threshold Taupe.  It's the very first color in the new-ish SW deck called Concepts in Color.  I wish I could take all of the credit for chosing it, but Susan Cunningham suggested this color and I instantly fell in love with it.  I wasn't certain which rooms to use it in so I originally painted one half of the fireplace this color and the other half a lighter shade (SW Bungalow Beige) which is the same color of the kitchen and dining room.  It was obvious right away that the darker color was the winner. 

Now about Craigslist...I need to dedicate a whole blog about my great luck finding things featuring all of the wonderful pieces I picked up from different people.  But for this room, the Sofa and Chair and a Half was $175 for the set - delivered!!!  The coffee table, matching sofa table (not shown) and floor lamp (not the lamp shade)was free from Freecycle.  The greenery in the large rectangle metal container at the base of the floor lamp was $3.00 from a garage sale.  It still had the $39.99 tag on it.  The 2 candle holders and orchid on the fireplace mantel were from Goodwill.  The orchid artwork above the fireplace was $39.99 from Kirkland's Outlet right near me which was the last object to be purchased for the room.  It looks like the room was designed around the artwork, but I got really lucky to find it!

I could babble on and on when it comes to finding bargains...sorry!

Feb 01, 2009 01:09 PM
Isabel Gomes
Gomes Design - London, ON
Interior Decorator, Stager - London, Ont

The pictures look great.  The colour on the walls added so much warmth.

Feb 01, 2009 03:54 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

The paint color on the wall makes a huge difference, doesn't it?  What an amazing transformation.  The real fire in the fireplace is a wonderful addition.  Great job!

Feb 02, 2009 05:47 AM
David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Great paint color - it's amazing what the right coat of paint can do to a room.  Congrats!

Feb 02, 2009 07:38 AM
Liz Carla
Ebby Halliday - Dallas, TX

Cindy-I am a craigslist addict and have found so many great deals on it. Glad to see someone else is finding some good stuff there too. You should do a blog about your finds. I did one earlier in the week with pictures to show what I found on craigslist.

Feb 02, 2009 10:51 AM
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

absolutely gorgeous.  What a difference. 

Feb 03, 2009 12:14 AM
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

That paint color photographs very well. Good job1

Feb 11, 2009 07:27 AM
Shelley Roufs
Simply Staged Homes - New Ulm, MN

Very soothing and inviting! Great job!

Feb 13, 2009 05:57 AM
Cindy Griffith
First Fruit Holdings - Lawrenceville, GA

Thanks for all of the great comments!  This was such a fun see such a transformation happen before my eyes!

Feb 16, 2009 12:10 AM
Jacqueline Forde
Alluring Interiors - Ajax, ON

Wonderful transformation, Cindy! What a difference a little colour can make.

Mar 20, 2009 12:54 PM