Post # 1
After a month and a half we finally finished our fireplace! We’re so excited to finally have all the dust and construction materials out of our living room, (our primary living space).
Here is the way it looked when we bought the house: (photos from house listing – not our furniture)
We had professional contractor take down the rocks which proved to be much more difficult than they anticipated. Each rock was celented into the wall and the ones on the bottom were cemented into the floor as well. That alone took about a week of work. Luckily we had this done before we moved in because it was DIRTY. Dust everywhere.
Here is a picture of what it looked like with all the rock taken down.
We also had them put up new drywall. The rest we did with the help of my grandpa who is amazing when it comes to home repairs. I bought the tile online and the fireplace surround at Lowes. The part below the bench is just regular MDF with some extra moulding to make it nice and pretty. We also added moulding around where the fireplace and bench meet the wall. Primed and two coats of glossy paint and voila.
I wish we didn’t have to have the bench. However because the fireplace is so high off the ground and because there was no flooring in the area where the bench used to be we had to rebuild it. I’ve gotten used to it and think it will actually be nice for extra seating when we have parties.
Now the big question is, should I paint the inside of the firebox black or just clean it up and leave the natural brick?
Post # 3
Aww picture of the new fireplace doesn’t work for me.
Post # 4
It doesn’t work for me either…
Post # 5
Ok I think I fixed it. Is the after photo working now?
Post # 6
Yay it’s working now. Wow that’s amazing! You had a great drywall guy fixing up the wall behind!
I think the inside with brick looks a bit weird compared to the light colors. What type of paint do you use that is fire resistant and won’t cause chemicals to be released in the house though?
Post # 7
Ooo very nice!
I think I like the idea of painting it black. Otherwise it might be too busy with the brick plus what looks like small tiles around the opening.
Post # 9
There are special paints that are high heat resistant formulated for painting the inside of fireplaces, fireplits and grills. Home depot carries it.
Post # 10
I think I’d paint it. I agree with MissAsB that the contrast between the brick and the light colors seems off to me.
Post # 11
YOU GUYS DID A FANTASTIC JOB! IT LOOKS WORTHY OF BEING ON THE DIY CHANNEL OR MAG!. I voted for paint it black, and really make it look super finished, plus it will eventually get black anyway, you’re just hurrying the process.
Post # 12
If you intend to use the fireplace it’s going to be black anyhow. So your choice is do you want it partly black or all black?
Post # 13
Wow what a transformation! To me the lightness with the tile reminds me of almost a bathroom type feel ( and I don’t mean that in a bad way). When I think fire place, i usually picture marble, brick or stone! if it won’t be used and its just more of a conversation piece, then it may work well!
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2012 - the Columns Hotel
That looks amazing! I agree, though. paint it black.
Post # 15
Wow, what a stunning transformation!!! I agree with pps, paint it black.