Other than painting it all with a fresh coat of paint, my fireplace makeover is FINISHED! I’m THRILLED, okay more like GIDDY!, with how it turned out! I may or may not stare at it several times a day, pinching myself.
Our fireplace before was always a bit of an inconvenience and distraction. The giant unused fireplace hole always created a challenge. While I leaned shutters and mirrors and generally found ways to hide the hole, it really wasn’t ideal for us long term.
The black tile was so shiny and reflective and the gold glitter flecks on the black just gave me a “bachelor pad” vibe rather than the more cottage look I was after.
It looked like a big black galaxy in the middle of our fireplace, distracting everyone from the pretty mantel.
We used an inspiration picture found in this post to come up with a doable but more permanent fix to the giant hole. A simple wood frame built around horizontal white planks created a more interesting backdrop. It will even be prettier once it’s painted, right now it is just primed wood.
The simple molding and trim work in the room (which I will show more of soon!) adds a more cozy cottage vibe and better shows off the beautiful mantel we already had.
A lovely new split face gray and white stacked stone from DalTile (see sources, below) transformed the front of our fireplace. I think it looks amazing!
The black flecked tile and old stained carpet around the fireplace hearth needed to GO!
In came the honed vein-cut limestone tile for the hearth! Framed by our new Mohawk hickory wood flooring, the stone hearth now looks clean, finished and gorgeous! The kitchen/family room is coming together and the fireplace is now a beautiful focal point. You’ll see more of this room makeover in future posts!
Jack is pretty cozy, lounging by the fire on his new doggie bed!
A fresh look for our fireplace is going to make Christmas decorating all the more fun this year!
By the way, I’ve joined forces with these lovely ladies (above) who will be hosting some fun Christmas linky parties! I’ll be hosting the Christmas House Tour linky on December 15th, so plan to link up and visit! You can find more details on the Christmas Linky Parade at Cottage Magpie. I’ll be posting more about this soon as well!
The wood is tongue and groove beadboard planks (turned backwards).
Stacked split face stone on fireplace is from DalTile #L757 Arctic Gray 2 x 6″
Limestone hearth #L191 chenille white vein cut honed via DalTile
Our rug is an indoor/outdoor rug from Overstock.
Wood floors by Mohawk.
The Christmas canvas is from Red Letter Words.
The metal buckets on the mantel were from LuxeYard (affiliate).
The basket is from World Market.
The pillow on the chair is from Target.
The chair is a rattan chair of unknown origins.
The topiary is from Holly Mathis Interiors.
The dog bed was from Joss & Main (affiliate).
Jack the Goldendoodle is from a farm in Newberg, Oregon.