Finally our fireplace remodel is done! Okay well only Phase 1 is 90% done, but it's done enough for a proper reveal.
Remember what it looked like when we acquired the home? It may be better if you don't remember, but here's a peek just so you can appreciate the changes.
First there was the installation of the new flue and the building of the new firebox a few months back when Ben's dad came to visit.
There was a brief mini trial with some Quality Stone Veneer and while it is quality, we decided it wasn't right for our house. So, we moved on to the original plan of boxing out the brick.
And finally the tiling began!
We used used a subway style slate on the face and a mixture of larger slate slabs and the subways on the hearth. The grout (the same London Fog from our mudroom tile job) varied between 1/4" (for the large pieces) and the 1/8" for the subways. The layout got tricky & had to be changed midway but after staring at it for weeks, we finally came up with a solution. A Keystone. It's perfect for the period of our house and it's perfect for us!
It meant a lot more cuts to get it right, but after literally months of entertaining various ideas and a long execution period here's what we ended up with.
Okay. I lied. Just a little white lie. Here's what it really looks like.
The mantle isn't quite finished yet. We hated the old pieced together white painted one, so we plan to stain the new version to match our floors, a lovely Minwax Provincial. Since finding an old beam appears to not only difficult to track down and also rather expensive, we plan to simply envelope the old mantle in an oak veneer. And that will be the official end to Phase 1 of our fireplace makeover. Phase 2 includes flanking it with built-ins.
And now a bit more eye candy.
It may only be 90% done, but we feel like it's 100% better. Do you agree?
Want to know my favorite part? Now only half of our living room floor is covered in cardboard. Baby steps folks, baby steps!
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