You would think that being first time homeowners we would want to ease our way into DIY-ing with a small project like window treatments or crown moulding. Well, we decided to dive right in and remodel our fireplace. Being such a focal point of the room, it was hard not to notice everyday. Most people would look at the before picture and think that nothing is wrong with it and really, there isn’t anything wrong. Only, it’s not our style and we felt like it could be so much more.
We had big dreams for this space and I literally couldn’t wait to get started. After weeks of my husband putting off the renovation, I just grabbed a hammer and whacked away into the wall tiles to see how easy they would be to remove. To my delight, they crumbled off pretty nicely. And to my hubby’s horror, the start of the fireplace demo had officially started! There was no turning back at this point because in just a few short weeks we had family coming to visit from out of town.
Here’s a picture from the MLS listing when we were house hunting. I’m not a huge fan of the faux finish wall and that trim around the tile is just too dinky for my taste.
And here it is after we painted the living room a lighter color and started the demo process. Please excuse the terribly grainy iPhone picture and don’t mind the fat cat photobomb. Oh, and apparently we don’t know how to paint without getting it all over the ceiling.
The floor tiles on the wall weren’t really our thing, so we knew that we wanted to replace those with stone or marble tiles. In the end the stone won out and we couldn’t be happier.
We ended up adding columns in the front and planking on the wall. The mantle was lowered three inches to lose some of the awkward space between it and the firebox.
In the future, we’d like to replace the gas logs with glass crystals and glass doors. But for now we’re really happy with the progress we’ve made. The room definitely feels lighter and brighter and is more “us”.
I’ve got an updated/summer mantle post in the works so you can see how I styled it for everyday. I just didn’t want to hide all of the beautiful planking for the reveal. Also, I will put together a tutorial for how we did the stonework, pillars and planking. So stay tuned for those! This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
- Wood planks (similar)
- Stone veneer
- Paint- Sherwin Williams “Alabaster”
- Moss covered letter
- Other mantel decor- Gifted or thrifted finds