When we moved into our new house, I wanted to redo the fireplace. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but everyone looked at me like I was crazy. I figured if I didn’t do it while we were doing some other projects in the house it would never get done. I wasn’t a fan of the brick and didn’t have a real mantel to decorate. My goal was a nice clean fireplace that served as a blank canvas to decorate seasonally. Here’s the before.
I didn’t want to go floor to ceiling with the new fireplace, so I had the mason fill in the top half of the wall. He removed all of the bricks and the hearth. The hearth stuck out quite a bit, so I made it a bit smaller. Originally, I really wanted to use stone but I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted and decided that stone might call too much attention to the fireplace. Eventually I chose these 12″ x 12″ Italian natural slate tiles. The hearth is just a slab of granite.
The carpenter framed it and built a small mantel with some molding. Nothing too fancy, but just what I wanted. (I like the hearth better without the child safety padding!) Obviously, I also put hardwood floors in that room and painted the walls and the woodwork as well. We finished it off with some new doors. Now I have focal point and a perfect place to decorate!