Fireplace Makeover

Fireplace Makeover | Two More Minutes

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.

Fireplace Makeover | Two More Minutes

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.

Fireplace Makeover | Two More Minutes

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!

Fireplace Makeover Before and After

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