Since we were changing our floors to hardwood, we thought it would also be a good time to give our fireplace a makeover!
Here is an unattractive ‘before’ picture from demo day…because we all know it’s much more dramatic having an ugly ‘before’!
Otherwise, I might start missing when my fireplace looked like this…
Ok, now I feel sad…
Anyway, we wanted to build up the hearth, get rid of those broken down ugly glass/brass doors and basically give the fireplace some presence in the room! Recently, I gave a few examples of the new look I was going for.. Fireplace Options. My husband and I went back and forth for awhile and finally agreed to go with a cultured stone.
After ripping off our old oak mantel, the guys got to work on framing the fireplace for the new stone.
It already felt much bigger with the raised hearth and additional depth.
And with the half wall gone the fireplace could be even more of a focal point!
By that point, the surface had been prepped for the stone.
And crown molding was added to the top.
As you can see, the new mantel was in place when they started stacking the stone.
The mantel is an old piece of barn wood from over 100 years ago…definitely a rustic touch. I figured I would let my husband have some masculine features in the room to balance out my white girly kitchen at the other end! I also let my husband make the final decision on the actual stone color. We had decided on Boral Country Ledgestone and he chose the color Hudson Bay which I was fine with since it had a mixture of grays and tans.
We couldn’t decide between stacked and grouted but ended up doing the grout.
And another AFTER with no lights…
From builder basic to rustic farmhouse!
Overall, I am happy with the new look. The stone is a little darker than I originally wanted but I am excited with how it turned out. I can’t wait to start decorating the mantel. What fun it will be at Christmastime!! Yay!
* Update – Click the links below to see a few different ways I have decorated my new fireplace!
- Fall Mantel with Apples and White Pumpkins
- October 1st Mantel
- Decorating with Garland – Ideas for the Holidays
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