So… about a year and a half after we tore out our old fireplace, I finally finished building our new one.
Want to see the before? Prepare your eyeballs.
Bad on so many levels. Orange. Brown. A tripping hazard. And worst of all, the fireplace had no heat blower. So it was not cute and didn’t even function. And let’s not forget the tv sitting on the piano bench off to the side. Seriously.
So after jackhammering out the fireplace so long ago and replacing the hardwoods, I finished building/tiling/grouting/painting the new fireplace this last weekend, just in time for a (very rainy) Thanksgiving Hawaii vacation and Christmas stockings. Last year we were fireplace-free and I had to hang the stockings from the window ledge. Super lame. So this year, I gave myself a deadline of having the fireplace done by the end of summer. I failed. But in my defense, I got all caught up in my window seat and my daughter’s room redo so that the fireplace took back seat. But no more! It took a couple of weekends to build the mantle, tile the surround, and caulk and paint, but it was wellll worth it.
We updated our fireplace situation to improve the look of it but also to improve the function. We have no other options for a tv in this room (because a piano bench tv solution isn’t cutting it) so over the fireplace it went. Which means we needed a place to hide the electronics. Enter the side cabinets, made cuter by these brass knobs.
Yes, I’d prefer a fireplace surround without mini cabinets on the sides but in this house we weigh function over form for every project. But try to make form a very, very close second. In that regard, these scallop or fish-scale marble tiles were key.
I’ve had a sample of this tile for over a year and have been trying to figure out the best spot for it. We considered it for the kitchen but went with the more traditional subway tile shape. We ultimately decided the fireplace would be perfect for these tiles.
Now that it is done, it is just so nice to hang in the kitchen and see the fireplace.
How many pictures have I shared on this blog and Instagram without ever showing this angle?! No more! This was the last project we needed to finish so that guests wouldn’t see mid-construction when visiting. That doesn’t mean we don’t have lots more to do, it just means those rooms are less noticeable. And can I just say that this view with the fireplace and the window seat makes me all kinds of happy? It just does!
Thanks you guys for taking the time check out my latest project. I hope to share the “how to” soon. But wait, I did say that about my window seat too and it has been a while since I said that, so no promises…
Happy Almost-Turkey-Day, friends!