I’d like to introduce you to our fireplace.
It belongs to a part of the house that I have neglected to share on the blog: the living room. Here’s a pic looking back in that direction.
I currently hate the living room. It’s barely furnished and the layout just doesn’t work. But that’s a post for another day. Today we’re focusing on the fire place.
I’m not a huge fan of the brown tile. If you look closely at the first photo compared to the second, I started painting the grout grey to give it a small face lift which helps a little (I just haven’t gotten around to doing the back side yet).
But I have grand plans for this fireplace. Ripping up the mud room floor has given me all sorts of courage to tackle the fireplace next, and Zack seems to actually be on board with this. When I first mentioned it months ago he didn’t quite like the idea. But I think after the success of the mud room floor and how many positive comments we’ve been getting, he has more faith in me and my projects.
The plan is to pull off the tiles and resurface it. Ideally I’d like to mount the TV above the fireplace which would help with the layout issues in the living room. Then I’d live to add a mantle. I’m thinking two different textures on either side of the mantle, so it would probably have to wrap all the way around.
I really like this fireplace with the planked wood up the top. But I’d probably paint it white to light the room up some more.
I’m not quite sure what to do underneath. It’s a large surface area so it’s going to get expensive really quickly.
I love herringbone tile but I think the area is just too big for it:
Although maybe I could sneak something like that on the hearth?
I quite like the white marble the Petersik’s from Young House Love did in their old house (again with the herringbone):
I think it would look great if I did planked wood above it in a dark stain.
Then I could also do the same textile on either side of the mantle like Jenna Sue did. But again, I think this would get really expensive quickly:
I’ve also thought about doing a bench around the bottom like this 3 sided fireplace, but I’m worried about it eating up to much space.
Any thoughts/suggestions? It’s so much surface area I know it’s going to cost a bunch.Read More