Next up was the fireplace makeover. Another messy project that I wish we’d done before painting, but oh well, live and learn. As you see from the before picture, it was very… beige. Along with everything else in the house. While I can appreciate beige for its neutrality, it wasn’t the look we were going for. There was no contrast other than the white mantle, and no character at such a focal point in the house.
First we removed the tile that surrounded the fireplace and hearth and then removed the mantle. We made the wall where the fireplace sits a dark gray accent wall and I loved the idea of a white and light gray fireplace as a contrast to the dark gray.
I found this stacked stone tile that I loved for the fireplace, and a Carrera marble for the hearth.
It sat in this transition state for a good bit. Months later, we had a handyman over helping us with some non related odds and ends and he asked if we still had the original mantle, and if so, had we thought about putting it back up? Yes we did, and no we hadn’t! I’m not sure why it was still in the garage, as we had no intention of ever using it again. Thank god we were still in the hoarding stage with the some of the remodel rubble.
When we replaced the tile we had lowered the height so he suggested cutting height off the legs of the mantle surround. Sure enough, he carried it in, tried it, and SUCCESS!
And that is the after for our fireplace makeover. What do you think?
P.S. Please note my “capri” curtains. 😉 We’ve since lowered the rods so the curtains touch the floor.
Stay warm out there for those of you bracing for Polar Vortex round 2!