Hello everyone! It’s the end of July (yikes!) and, yes, we’re redoing our fireplace. Why a fireplace makeover in the summer? Well, as some of you know, we’re undergoing an entire main floor renovation. It’s dusty, it’s messy, and it’s a huge pain. At times I feel like I’m about to lose my mind (ask my family), but the idea is to rip the bandaid off and get it all done at once. That way, we’ll have a beautifully finished space that we can simply enjoy.
A fireplace facelift has been on our wish list since the day we moved in. I’ve been collecting inspiration pictures for quite some time now like these beauties…
And this white painted fireplace spotted on Better Homes & Gardens.
Do you have a favorite in the bunch? We plan on incorporating elements from each one.
You may recall this before photo I posted last summer with the not-so-beautiful red oak mantel and trim, not to mention that dated arch.
To get us by for a bit longer, I got rid of the oak by painting it out in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. We also ripped out the blue-grey carpet and freshened up the walls.
It was a good start, but I still couldn’t look past the arch, textured surface and boring tile, especially when I looked close up.
So, we reworked it by pushing back the columns on the sides of the upper section. We also got rid of the arch by covering the whole thing in drywall. The bottom rounded corners were squared off with drywall, too, and the builder basic tile went bye-bye.
There’s still a bit more mudding and sanding to do, but I think you can see the direction we’re heading in.
The plan is to trim the fireplace in a combination of flat stock MDF and simple decorative mouldings, then prime and paint the whole thing white. I’m 99% sure the surround will be finished in a marble subway tile to keep it looking fresh, while adding a bit of character. Can you envision it?
That’s all I have for you today. Hopefully we’ll get more accomplished over the next week so I can show you an update. At this rate, our fireplace should be ready for when the cold weather hits (if we’re lucky!).
UPDATE: See our finished fireplace HERE!
Enjoy your weekend,