A few weeks ago I was able to do a fireplace refresh and it felt so good to finish this space off for my client (at least for now haha….. custom corbels that fit the mantle are coming in soon). It was a cute space to begin with, but a few extra touches really took it to the next level.
One of the first things I suggested was that we replace the tile on the hearth. I decided that a good way to do this was to paint the interior bottom tiles the same black as the painted brick and just redo the front part. It made for an easier job so there was no need to mess with the gas lines and it saved money on the tile. You can see in the pictures below how I had painted the inside and then tore out the front tiles. It was my first time ever removing tiles and just that little area was a bit tiring to do. It was a good learning experience lol.
My client decided on these beautiful tiles and since it was a small space I just used a bucket of premixed mastic and grout to finish the job. Once that had all dried, I started to trim out a lot of the edges on the wall, fireplace, and bookshelf. My client had removed some sheet rock at some point and discovered all the wood underneath, so a few of us told her it would be so pretty to expose it! She had the drywall on one side wall and the fireplace all removed. While this was pretty, it was kind of rough looking in some spots since it was not installed for the point of being exposed. There were also some spots previous contractors had just left unfinished and that bugged me. Oh and there was some big gaps around the fireplace that needed to be covered up as well. I had to custom cut the trim myself from this 4’x8′ piece of plywood to make sure all the corner wall seams would be covered up. I love this type of plywood because it is really thin so it doesn’t look too chunky and is super affordable. I cut 8′ long strips of 2.25″ and installed them where needed. I then used the leftover grout from the hearth to fill in the gaps in between the bricks and the wood.
After using a nail gun to get all the trim in place, I caulked around everything. Once all of that was dry, I went back and touched up the black paint on the fireplace sides and added a quarter round to the hearth since there had not been one there. That made for a nice finished look.
My client then helped me paint all the wood in Benjamin Moore White Dove. It’s a pretty white that isn’t so harsh on your eyes. I noticed undertones of gray which went well with the colors in this room. She had whitewashed the walls before, but we talked and decided that solid paint fit the style of her living room more. I personally feel the painted walls make everything else pop a lot more than before.
Oh, and one other thing I did was add some extra trim to the mantle. She had a mutual friend of ours make the mantle and it was lovely, but she wanted it to have a little more to it to go with the rest of her decor. I added a few types of trims and then put these pretty corbels she had back up. While it is lovely, we did go and custom order some corbels that will fit the space better. Those come in soon, but it still is just lovely. Isn’t it amazing how finishing things up in a house can make a world of difference?
And if you’re curious, the stain used on the mantle, shelves, and quarter round is Minwax Early American. I’m really enjoying doing small jobs like these and am continuously learning a lot. And who knows, maybe one day we will get some type of fixer upper and really have some fun! -jess