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. Many people purchase an unfinished fireplace mantel so they can paint or stain it to match the décor of their home rather than having the factory paint or stain it one of their standard colors. Once we had the fireplace completely resurfaced, it was time to add trim and molding pieces to design the fireplace the way we wanted it to look.
Usually, stone fireplaces don’t match a highly modern or a contemporary space and therefore they are common in older or specifically styled homes. You see I used the original cabinet doors for the design theme for all the exterior windows in the house – all 24 of them.
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.
The pieces are cut and fitted to the inside of the recess. Paintable mantels use finger-jointed moldings and less-decorative wood or MDF (i.e. Medium Density Fiberboard) because the wood won’t be visible. Brick paint or fireplace paint that’s specially-formulated to withstand the demands of a fireplace can wash over the drab, old brick – even if it’s been painted before – and completely revitalize your fireplace and your room.
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.