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.
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 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 job easier if you do this while it is on the wall; it is similar to painting any other wood trim.
This living space above uses raw concrete as the main feature for the fireplace, once again a perfect contrast in texture to the other elements in the room. In the living room, here is the fireplace with new stone tile, slab hearth and mantel. The shower stall ceiling was raised to full height, and the entire width opened to the room with a frameless glass door from Empire Shower Doors We decided to use the mosaic tile again in the shampoo niche.
Because I was installing the stone inside the house, I didn’t need to put up a vapor barrier and could put the metal lathe directly on the drywall after patching it. Metal lathe is nasty, nasty stuff and will cut you in half if you are not careful. I used a router to add some detail to the top and then cut the three pieces.