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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. Opt for such a feature if you have an open floor plan and you want to gain a bit of privacy in the living room or if you think a fireplace would look great in both the living room and the dining area. Installing a new fireplace mantel – either buying one for the first time or replacing an existing one – does not take as much work as you think.fireplace remodel

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

There are so many colors to choose from, you can even paint it to look like a lighter color brick. Mosaic pattern stone veneer consists of irregular pieces of natural stone for siding, facing, and cladding. Finishing a fireplace mantel is a rewarding experience; once it is done you can see how the new mantel enhances the look of the room.fireplace remodel

I recommend using a high quality semi-gloss paint in the color of your choice—but any paint that is used for inside house trim is suitable. If you don’t have a fireplace mantel, consider getting one as it will give your fireplace a more finished, polished look.

A fireplace mantel is also an excellent place to hang stockings and display cards around Christmas time. The new glass door, glass 3×6 tile on the walls, 12×12 porcelain tiles on the floor and chrome fixtures mix together to create a soothing feel. Your fireplace mantel can serve as another place to display gifts – think of is as an extension of the space under your Christmas tree.