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It’s happening! The framed out TV wall is finally receiving some much needed attention. We have purposefully left this portion of wall open for two reasons:

1) At first, we thought it would be cool to add a motorized pulley system within the wall to raise / lower artwork to reveal / hide the TV. But the more I thought about it the more that plan started to feel forced. Like we were trying too hard to do something different just for the sake of doing something different. I wasn’t convinced it was the right choice – even though it was cool – and wondered how the wall would look when the TV was on with the artwork hovering above. Odd. That’s how I thought it would look. We left the wall the way it was while we finalized plans.

2) We recently discovered a minor leak around the chimney and wanted to resolve it before closing up the wall. It turns out, the flashing around the chimney wasn’t installed properly. Luckily, the roof is under warranty so the repair was easy and “free” on our end.

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With all lights “go!”, we chose to install horizontal tongue and groove planks. They are the same planks we used on the vaulted ceiling. {For locals, we bought the pine tongue and groove at Home Emporium in Cincinnati.} We debated whether to continue the planking around the sides of the wall or to use trim instead. As you can see, we opted to wrap the wall with tongue and groove. It feels more cohesive, more custom. Don’t mind the bottom plank on the side…it’s a placeholder until HH devises a plan for the boob speakers under the TV. Eventually, it will be cut to size. As is, we can slide out the bottom plank below the TV while HH brainstorms. The plan is to add minimal trim to the outside corners and around the TV cutout. Then we have to shellac those pine knots, prime and paint.

We were really hoping to knock out the plank installation this past weekend but we ran out of tongue and groove. With this being a holiday week, we’re not sure when we’ll be able to slip out for more supplies but at least it’s a start. Sometimes that’s the hardest part for us. The starting.

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Even though it’s far from finished, I’m just happy to have progressed from stained red brick + cinder block wall to fresh white brick + planked wall. No more “NO FOAM!” yelling at us while we watch TV. I’ll take it.

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I’m looking forward to having a legit mantel to decorate for the holidays this year. It’s going to be so much fun! Can’t you just picture a live Christmas tree standing off to the right of the hearth?!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

56 Comments

26.November.2013

It looks awesome ! Good job Millers. And I can definitively picture a live Christmas tree standing there…

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26.November.2013

Dana, your living room looks like it’s straight out of a magazine. I love it, and can’t wait to see it finished.

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replied on November 26th, 2013

You must have missed the pile of cooking utensils on the floor next to the pouf in the first picture. Mabrey was ‘cooking.’ Ha!

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It looks amazing! Can’t wait to see it Christmasized

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26.November.2013

Oh wow! That looks beautiful!! I love how the pine on the chimney makes your coffee table pop!

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26.November.2013

It is going to look so nice when all done & painted (and decorated for different seasons)!

You may want to buy enough extra planking so that you can redo a bit around the TV if you have to replace the TV in the future and the size isn’t the same. I love built in – but replacement is a pain sometimes!

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replied on November 27th, 2013

You’re a genius, Cheryl.

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26.November.2013

Wow!! Saw this pop up on my facebook feed and had to swing by to check it out. This is going to look awesome when it’s done. Great statement wall.

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26.November.2013

That looks so good. I even like that it is natural wood or not white. Looks fab.

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26.November.2013

Looks great! Can’t wait to see the final pic.

PS. Just throw some googly eyes on the speakers and call it a day.

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replied on November 26th, 2013

Seriously.

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26.November.2013

Love the after… although I love M watching Sofia the First in the before. Yes it is sad I know that that is.

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26.November.2013

This looks fantastic! I really love how that turned out. I can’t wait to see what you do with it for the Holidays!!

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26.November.2013

Looks great! Have you considered staining it or leaving it natural? With all the white already on that wall, it might get lost if you paint it to blend in! It makes the coffee table pop and complements the natural in the bamboo blinds.

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replied on November 26th, 2013

You’re right! With all the white on that wall, painting the tongue and groove white might have less of an impact. HH and I have tossed around the idea of painting the wall {the actual drywall – not the tongue and groove} the same charcoal black as the adjacent dining room / mudroom or using some type of wall covering {grasscloth?}. But we’ll most likely live with it for a while before we make a final decision. The pictures I post on the blog make this room seem larger than it is. It is a decent size and the vaulted ceilings make it feel airy and spacious but it is by no means a huge room so maybe the white-ish wall won’t feel that stark in real life. We’ll see…

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26.November.2013

Looks great!!! Isn’t it fun when you finally get around to a project that’s been put off for a while??

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replied on November 26th, 2013

yesssssssssssss

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26.November.2013

Wow! What a huge difference that makes already. I really love it.

I’m also glad to hear there is someone else out there that gets a live Christmas tree! We are going to cut ours down Sunday and I’m so excited!

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replied on November 26th, 2013

When I was growing up, my family always had a live tree. It’s a family tradition!

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replied on November 27th, 2013

We did the same thing. We always made a day of it – going out to eat for breakfast, cutting the tree, and then that night my mom would make “party food” and we would watch a Christmas movie while decorating the tree. I love making that same tradition for my kids. My oldest is almost 5, so he is really “getting” Christmas this year. We actually still go with my parents and sister to cut our trees together.

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26.November.2013

gosh, i like the raw pine ~ ties in with the coffee table & blinds.
i’m sure you’ll paint it, but i would consider leaving the wood.
gives it a modern cabin feel…

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26.November.2013

It’s going to be gorgeous! Can’t wait to see how you decorate the mantel for the holidays.

http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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26.November.2013

Maybe IRL the raw pine looks unfinished, but in these pictures online, I have to say I’m another vote for don’t paint it. It makes for a really cool contrast, but in a very natural way. Love it.

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26.November.2013

Glad you decided that the complicated TV-hiding system was too much. I can understand why people wanted to disguise TVs when they were the size of small cars, but with today’s TVs, any attempt to camouflage them ends up way more intrusive than the TV itself. I feel like now the effort is more about being ashamed of enjoying something as pedestrian as TV. You can self-flagellate as much as you want to over owning an idiot box, but I’m gonna be over here enjoying Downton Abbey :)

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replied on November 27th, 2013

Amen, Amanda! As long as we’re not hiding our ovens, fridges, etc. I see no need to hide a TV. Feel pretentious to me. Don’t pretend you don’t have something you DO have and DO use.

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26.November.2013

Where did you get the lovely star mirrors on either side of the tv? I love them. Love the planks too!

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replied on November 26th, 2013

Moravian star mirrors are from a Joss & Main flash sale last year.

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26.November.2013

Looks so cool! Loving the raw pine, but I’m sure it will look great painted, too. How will you remove the tv if needed?

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26.November.2013

Dana, I just love you and your fabulous blog! Seeing your home from this angle (looking towards the mudroom from the main entry) – a thought hit me; did you ever consider having the kitchen where you now have the mudroom? Then use the kitchen as a dining room/living room? The kitchen would still be semi open, and you could use it as a mudroom too. No offense, would love to hear your thought about this :-)

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26.November.2013

I’ve been looking forward to this project! It’s looking great. I add my vote for some contrast, keeping it natural or painting the wall instead like you mentioned in a reply. I’ve never been a fan of ranchers (mostly after renting one for several years) but your tweaking continues to prove me wrong.

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26.November.2013

Oh my gosh. Love. It.

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26.November.2013

It’s looking wonderful, as usual. Your house’s continuing evolution from Underdog to stylish and comfortable home shows the good sense in living in spaces before making snap decisions, no matter how hard it is sometimes to be patient!

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26.November.2013

Wow! Your living room looks amazing! I am also really feeling that raw pine! I am always a fan of how you often incorporate wood tones in your house:-) Maybe a stain also, but good idea just living with it for a while to see how you like it! Can’t wait to see where you end up!

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26.November.2013

Aaaaaaahhhhhh – Aren’t you glad you painted the fireplace???!! The planking looks fantastic – look forward to seeing what you decide to do to finish the look! I can actually picture the darker walls and white paneling (hope that’s the route you go!).: )
And yes, the starting is always the hardest part – then you say, “why in the world did we wait so long to do this???”
Haha!
Leah: )

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26.November.2013

Don’t paint it! It’s so nice the way it is . . .

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26.November.2013

Oh my word! I LOVE this!!!!!! Your room looks amazing.

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26.November.2013

Looks fantastic! And, painted it will look even more polished. And to all those folks telling you not to paint, we’ll they need to attend manners school, would you go to a friends house and tell them what to do? The naked pine looks ye ole cabiney.
Margaret

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27.November.2013

I LOVE love love your house. I bounce around from liking super colorful, more cottage homes to more neutral homes a lot but your home is perfect! However you decide to finish the fireplace, I’m positive it will compliment everything perfectly. Looks Great! =)

Jen

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I love it Dana!! This seriously makes me want to plank my fireplace wall. You guys always get it right!!! Cant wait to see it all done.

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27.November.2013

I love the planking but not left raw…to me it looks unfinished. I like the idea of carrying the “besalt” color onto the drywall. Then everything will pop on your mantle….oh how the gold and brass would shine! It makes me want to build a faux fireplace in my living room! Does that sound crazy?

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replied on November 27th, 2013

What about staining them with special walnut? Or would it look to heavy compared to the shelves on the opposite wall?

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27.November.2013

That looks great! This is one of those times where it is really apparent that you and your husband have really created a well designed home as a whole. I just do one project at a time and hope to God the whole house looks somewhat cohesive! :)

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27.November.2013

So different and gorgeous! Yes, I can picture the tree to the right ;)

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27.November.2013

It looks fantastic! I only wish you didn’t have to trim it out with anything – mitering the corners would have been oh, so seamless. And I actually like the unfinished wood (maybe with a finish clear coat, matte), although, you have great taste and I’m sure it will look fantastic painted too! Just awesome to see this done . . .

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replied on November 27th, 2013

We considered mitering the corners and skipping trim but decided to keep things cohesive and use the same materials we used on the planked wainscoting in the mudroom / dining room. On the one outside corner in the mudroom, we used a thin piece of trim and like the way it turned out. No trim would definitely make for a seamless look though!

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27.November.2013

Ooo this is going to look awesome. Just to throw something different out there, what about painting the tongue and groove black? It’ll pick up the black from the fireplace, TV and the wall leading into the mudroom, and it’ll help the TV “recede” from sights when not in use.

This is what made me think of it: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/18858892163541104/

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replied on November 27th, 2013

Definitely something to think about!

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27.November.2013

I L.O.V.E it! Looks amazing!!! Can’t wait to see the Christmas decor!!

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27.November.2013

Looks great already.

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29.November.2013

Wow, beauilful! So cozy, and I can totally picture a Christmas tree there. Can’t wait to see your mantel!

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29.November.2013

Wow! It looks awesome! I think your instincts about the moving artwork hide-away of the TV screen is right on – plus, the TV looks great centered over the fireplace – it works!! I love the aesthetic of this room…

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29.November.2013

love it! looks so good =)

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29.November.2013

I love this whole living room! How do you find the rug holds up with kids? Is the white impossible to keep clean?

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02.December.2013

I absolutely LOOOOVE how this turned out! When the TV is off it nicely mimics the fireplace. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

~tara

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