So, What Should You Yabba Dabba Do With A Flintstone Fireplace?

I never know what challenge I may walk into when I’m called in for a Home Staging Consultation.  This house had a few, but none larger than the 1970’s Flintstone fireplace in the paneled den:

flintstones stone fireplaceFlintstone fireplace before

 

The Nashville homeowners already knew this fireplace dated the house terribly and would make it difficult to sell in their tony neighborhood.  They planned on ripping it out completely, and considered removing the bad faux paneling and drywalling the entire room.  That would have required a lot of time and money, not to mention the big mess that it would cause.  I had a better idea . . . 

painted stone fireplaceYabba Dabba Do!

 

Never, ever underestimate the power of paint.  I called in my faux painter to transform the fireplace with three shades of paint.  It doesn’t even look like the same fireplace, but I swear it is!

paneled denbefore

 

In addition to the fireplace transformation, this room needed updated color for the wood paneling and bookcases.  And a little bit of staging magic – less is more!

staged paneled living room

 

after

 

Part-time Home Staging was the beginning of my career in the realm of design and decoration a decade ago.  I was honored this year to have been awarded the 2013 Best Occupied Staging – North America, and I was recently notified that I will be receiving another international award in January by the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA).

best redesign 2014 

 

I will also be a speaker at the annual RESA convention in Las Vegas in January, along with Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank,  Michael Finalson and Lisa Vail of HGTV’s Selling LA, Home Staging legend, Christine Rae, and several other talented home staging and real estate professionals:

resa 2014 convention

RESA 2014 Convention 

 

If you already a Home Stager, attending this conference is a great way to network, develop your professional staging skills, and take your business to the next level.   If you are interested in starting a Home Staging business, stay tuned for my upcoming book due out early spring of 2014: Psychological Staging, The Home Staging Secrets of The Decorologist which will lay the groundwork for the professional home staging certification course that I plan to launch in 2014.  It’s gonna be a big year!

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Lesa Bell
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You are amazing and what a HUGE difference the transformation makes. Buyers see an fresh space not one filled with the dread and expense of a makeover. Well done!

Kelly
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Congrats, Kristie! How exciting. You’ve been working your tail off and deserve all the recognition you get. 🙂

Dana Tucker
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So proud of you Kristie! All your dreams are coming true. xoxo

Sherry
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Once again, great job, Kristie! And, congrats on your upcoming speaking engagement in Vegas. Your 2014 looks to be a very exciting year.

Ginny
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What an incredible transformation and clever staging strategy saving the home sellers a lot of money and inconvenience. Great colours! Looking forward to hearing you speak at the convention this year, and meeting you. A book, a course…wow lots of exciting things happening. Well deserved success!

Tammy Roberts
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Tammy Roberts

Congratulations Kristie! I’m proud to be on your client list and happily enjoying my furniture arrangement and the way you decorated with what I had.

Jil Sonia Interiors
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That fireplace brick does certainly NOT look the same – love the look and a huge congratulations on the RESA award – that’s HUGE! Happy New Year to you!

Michelle at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust
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Holy cow! What a marvelous change. Another incredible transformation. Great job.

Warmly, Michelle

Susan Silverman
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Susan Silverman

That is an amazing transformation. The fireplace is spectacular. You can’t even see the lines of the original paneling? Did you re-drywall or just paint the paneling?

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Beautiful make-over!!!

Mary Charles
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The grey just calms everything. Paint is wonderful! Beautiful transformation, Kristie! Congrats on the award.

Mary

Patricia
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Patricia

wow what a transformation of the room gorgeous!!!!!! (like you)

Amy
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Amy

Hi Kristie! I’ve been looking for a picture of a room like this with the fireplace on one end. We have the same set up and I’m having a terrible time arranging the furniture so it’s a comfortable TV viewing family area. Unfortunately we had to put the TV above the fireplace… I can’t arrange the furniture so that more than one person has a comfortable spot for viewing? I’m thinking a sectional, but I know you’re not a fan. Any thoughts? Thanks!!

Catherine
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Catherine

The fireplace insert/box is gone which looks much better but I do not see logs or a rack for logs. Is the fireplace still functional? I have something similar and it is an eye sore, wondering if I have any inexpensive options. We love to use the fireplace.

~Syl
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~Syl

Once again, simply STELLAR!!!!!!! You have an Amazing gift and thank you for sharing your talents and inspiring others!!!! Congratulations on your awards and many blessings to you and your family in the New Year!!!!!

Nancy
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Nancy

That’s not just Wow, but WOW, WOW, WOW!!! It does not look, or feel, like the same room. Your faux painter is a true artist, also. Lovely, lovely job on the fireplace. The awards keep coming, and deservedly so. Congratulations! Nancy

Sindy
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Sindy

Awesome, Kristie! Your room transformations just get better and better. This fireplace room and the four color kitchen are truly exceptional. Hope they sell their home quickly and get tons of extra $$$ thanks to you!
Blessings,
Sindy

Heidi
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Heidi

I love the fireplace and the room transformation! Congratulations on your award!

Shelley
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Shelley

You hit this one right out of the ballpark Kristie! Congrats on your RESA award and all the best for 2014. It will be an amazing year for you! How will you be offering your staging course btw?

Gwen DeBruyn
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Simply amazing! Well done and congrats on all of your well deserved success

Kelly
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Amazing transformation!! Looks so wonderful. I love what paint can do!! Congrats on your awards Kristie- you deserve it!!

Wendy
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Wendy

Thank you so much for this post! I saw this before I visited my mom in Florida for Christmas. It was the inspiration I needed to help my mom. She has a house with ugly, orange tinted wood wall paneling in the living room and dining room. She hasn’t wanted to move into this house because of the musty smell from the carpet and dark, cave like paneling. With only three days before Christmas, I didn’t have time to rip it out and put up drywall. My husband and son ripped out 450 square feet of carpet and installed a… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

Hi Kristie – I LOVE Your work. Quick question…When you do one of your (AMAZING!) transformations like this family room, where does the new furniture come from? Did the family purchase the two new sofas? Rent them? or do you provide the new things?

Deb Konrad
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LOVE IT!

Audra Slinkey
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Great work Kristie! I’m looking forward to meeting you at the RESA Conference!

Jennifer Collins
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Flintstones! hahahaa!
So pretty it’s hard to believe it could have ever been such an eyesore. You took the beast and made it into a beauty!

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The room looks 100% better! I have a similar situation in my basement. We have a brick fireplace surrounded by wood paneling. Since the basement doesn’t get a ton of natural light, I was thinking about painting it and I love the color you chose for this room. What color is it and what finish? Also, what do you think about white-washing a red brick fireplace that has a dark grey stone mantle ??? Your input would be much appreciated!! Thanks!!

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Thank you for all these ideas on the fireplace. I love the stone, it’s amazing how you changed it. Just lightening it up, as well as the surrounding areas lightened. Also, like you said, less is more. In my house I have been minimizing so much. I’m not minimizing to nothing, as I don’t want rooms to feel cold and dreary, but simple and less, I feel is so welcoming. I personally feel so much calmer when a room is simple, warm, light, makes me happy. If a room is cluttered, seriously makes me feel stressed out. I want my… Read more »

Chandler
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Chandler

Forgive me if I’ve missed this question, but could you please share the fireplace colors you used, and what order you applied them? The previous owner of my condo painted the stones blue! Like royal blue! The mortar is white. What a “swell” look it is, haha. I would so greatly appreciate any advice 🙂