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fireplace remodel

Our previous house was a historic 1929 bungalow. Even through formal plans are non-existent I just don’t run roughshod willy-nily with stone and wood – no, I do a lot of what-if” test fits. The first time, my wife and I spent hours and hours trying to get pieces to fit and the color to balance only to find that the stone doesn’t install exactly like you lay it out and I had to add filler pieces anyway.fireplace remodel

As the shingles are more of an accent, we put them on the upper dormer, chose a medium blue to paint the brick on the bottom, selected a creamy yellow siding, and kept the trim white so the colors popped. A flat paint would not have done justice to the ceiling and all the hard work we put into re-finishing it.

The very finish of your fireplace tool set, wood holder, andirons …

fireplace remodel

Our last blog post was about the first step in our sunroom remodeling project: Painting Once we put new paint on the walls and ceiling, it was clear that something needed to be done with the fireplace. I cut the front of the floor base down so I could attach the cut off piece on the bottom of the cabinet box for support. Whilst they don’t provide the same warmth as other fireplace options such as stone, they look great in a rustic environment and add an element of design.

The tiles on the edge then usually need to be cut to fit into the remaining space. As always first we tear it apart.Which also included resurfacing the ceiling and two walls because of plaster damage. The pilasters are just press fitted to the side pieces that have been attached to the fireplace.fireplace remodel

The pieces are cut and fitted to …

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The fireplace on the main level of our house should be a beautiful focal point of the living area, but it was…. It is the same mortar used for applying the stone to the wall, except that I colored it using Quikret Cement Color It is a little un-nerving to pour some neon orange colored water into your cement mix and expect it to come out brown… but it did. The window jamb pieces are cut to size.

Maybe one year you and your family decided to visit a major city during the holiday season, such as New York or Washington D.C., and you have an exquisite souvenir that would make a beautiful centerpiece for your Christmas decorated fireplace mantel.

If your mantel displays candles, sculptures or vases in equal measure on each side, try shaking up the scene on your hearth with a stunning set of fireplace tools at …

fireplace remodel

Our last blog post was about the first step in our sunroom remodeling project: Painting Once we put new paint on the walls and ceiling, it was clear that something needed to be done with the fireplace. Whether painting or staining I have put together a list of tips below to help homeowners finish their new fireplace mantels. Outdoor fireplaces are quite different than those designed for the interior. Nearing the home stretch… I made a new solid wood mantel the same way I made the mantel for the basement fireplace.fireplace remodel

We went with a stone finish to keep with the srustic setting of the house and pay homage to the original fireplace in a more updated way. Artwork is always striking above your fireplace, so include unique displays like a single, bold piece in a beautiful frame, or try clustering smaller paintings or prints in asymmetrical groups for contemporary, …

fireplace remodel

The fireplace on the main level of our house should be a beautiful focal point of the living area, but it was…. Several other green products were used including low VOC paints, natural stone countertops, and engineered hardwood flooring in the basement. After brightening the masonry, step back and see how your mantel fits into your fireplace decorating project. For the ultimate in luxury, consider a see through fireplace that connects the indoor space with the outdoor space that you can enjoy year-round.

Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves. I ran out of yellow pads, so plywood scrap will do. Each side of the fireplace is different, and each set of doors is slightly different as well – so it looks like I’ll need both sides of this plywood to do some cypher’n.fireplace remodel

Floating fireplaces sit suspended from the ceiling and are an interesting option for homes with …

fireplace remodel

Our previous house was a historic 1929 bungalow. The white washed walls are finished. The three back-band pieces are glued and nailed together, I then joined the front mantle to the side pieces with a biscuit and glue. This time we were smarter about it and focused on getting the colors balanced and getting the pieces to generally fit together.

This room is a welcoming and contemporary space, where the fireplace is not the main focus , but cleverly placed as the divider in the living area. I’ve enlarged the floor to 8′ 6″ wide and insulated the short walls with fiberglass and foil foamboard insulation.

Luckily there are small changes (like switching out light bulbs) and big changes (like installing a new fireplace mantel ) that can give your living room a new look and won’t turn into a major DIY project, or turn your home into a construction …

fireplace remodel

Our last blog post was about the first step in our sunroom remodeling project: Painting Once we put new paint on the walls and ceiling, it was clear that something needed to be done with the fireplace. Home Depot and Lowe’s carry a great variety of trim and molding that you can piece together to make a beautiful fireplace design. A wood fireplace mantel is easy to install so you don’t have to hire a contractor. If you finish it and then mar the mantel when putting it up, you will have to repair it. Certainly many people paint or stain their fireplace mantel prior to installing it. It is really a personal preference.

The very finish of your fireplace tool set, wood holder, andirons and firebacks pull together your complete look. While it is not really necessary to finish a mantel after you install it, it does make the …

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Our previous house was a historic 1929 bungalow. This has to be field cut and fitted to the return trim on the wall. Black adds drama to any space, and your windows are no different—black casements create contrast in a space and will accompany an array of colors beautifully. Originally a painted brick fireplace with original cabinets on the side.

So since I have several rooms with wood on the ceiling and walls, let’s panel the front wall with a little board and batten. I removed the cabinets to make it easier to work on the windows and stained glass was made by my friend Jules Mominee at Mominee Studios The design is a popular arts & crafts motif that I modified to fit my windows.

Now you can’t use regular outlets like the ones in the wall – they have to have a shutter that closes off the holes …

fireplace remodel

The fireplace on the main level of our house should be a beautiful focal point of the living area, but it was…. This outdoor entertaining area has the fireplace as its main feature made of beautiful natural stone. A natural stone fireplace enhances the large living area. Contemporary and sleek – this high gloss wall houses the simple fireplace and dramatic grid wall of white – a fantastic contrast to the brick walls in the room.fireplace remodel

The use of authentic stone in any space provides a solid foundation to build a beautiful and well rounded design. We reengineered and spanned the full width of the house in the kitchen, family and dining room areas to eliminate the original bearing walls. Plus, wrapping your windows in black trick your eyes into seeing only the window—increasing the impact of your outdoor spaces.

This living space above uses raw concrete as the main …

fireplace remodel

Our previous house was a historic 1929 bungalow. Now, it will be bricked almost to the ceiling with an arch above the fireplace. If you go with a traditional fireplace design then it is going to fit into almost any environment, but on ocassions you will need to do something a little bit more contemporary. If you have a fireplace mantel, replacing it with something a little different can have a major impact on your living room.

I really wanted to go in and paint the walls right away but figured the intelligent thing to do was prepare the fireplace for a reface first. If you have a real wood burning fireplace or wood stove, a hearth rug will protect your floor from falling embers. Also, this blue was antiqued and over-glazed several times to give it a texture of a wall that had been painted many times over the …