Monday, October 29, 2012
The fireplace saga has finally ended
After 7 months, we finally finished our fireplace renovation! We never anticipated it to take this long - believe me, I was ready for it to be finished months ago!
We ran into some major issues in April, then we procrastinated next steps because we were so shell shocked from the mortar dust all over the house. We chose our tile late spring, painted in summer, and finally tiled a couple of weeks ago. Lastly we needed another coat of paint and wall touch-ups to make the fireplace complete. Remember - this was just making something ugly look better without investing in a new insert and now it's been a year since I asked for your original advice.
I really like how me managed to get the original white brick back into the house - while the original was a white unpainted brick, I think the painted version looks great. We chose a large dark tile for the hearth so the insert would be grounded and connect to our dark wood floors. Each tile had to be cut for length and width to make everything line up nicely. I am super happy with how it turned out.
In the meantime I learned that we can buy different doors for our fireplace model, we'll investigate how much that costs. Next up we need to choose what to put on the fireplace wall. I'm looking into three things.
Large scale piece of original art by our friend Jennifer Lefort (this one would just be an example, and the scale isn't right either). I love the scale of her paintings and the bold colours. We would have to remove it though when making a fire in order not to damage it.
Photo of our kids on a large scale and treated with an more abstract filter. This would be the most economical option as we would mount it on a backing without frame.
Some type of round starburst mirror such as this one from Pottery Barn. This would add some nice sparkle to the fireplace and the round shape would break up all the straight lines. It would bounce around quite a bit of light, but we don't really need that since the room has 5 large windows.
Which option do you like? Remember that to the left is our dining room with the great geometric blue curtains.