(Closed) What to do about this fireplace

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

you know, I kinda like the rock fireplace but I am a rustic look kinda girl though.  If it were me, I would just add a huge piece of driftwood (or similar) for a mantle.

But if you want something a bit more modern, stacked stone looks really nice. What is the general feel of your couches?  That makes a huge difference.

Post # 4
46406 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

In wall fireplaces are very contemporary. I would knock off the ledge and cover the wall with slate tiles, sheet metal or brushed aluminum

Post # 5
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I always gravitate towards shapes like this for fireplaces:

Post # 7
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Depending on how much work/money you are putting into it there are lots of options. The easiest and cheapest would be to mount a mantle. Depending on the style it could really change the look of the fireplace.


Post # 9
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@linguo42: I love this!!! But if you’re on a budget, I would just paint the rock part something that contrasts your wall color, and position your furniture around that corner, and make it your focal point and put the TV on the other wall in that same corner so neither is ever blocked and they can both be enjoyed…plus painting it will be a quick fix until you figure out what it is that you want…if money is of no concern, I would turn it into a corner fireplace, like one of the first two on this page;http://arhdecoration.com/corner-fireplace-design-ideas/

Good luck!

Post # 10
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Meowkers: I have a very similar fireplace, even the raised base (just no ledge) and unfortunately for our its not that simple to just rip out and start fresh….. but one thing my grandmother did with hers that I want to do with ours is she painted it a whiteish gray and it looks so much better! She has something mounted on it (like carved driftwood or somthing) and it looks great. I will probably paint our then put a mantle we purchased up. But consider yourself lucky because in three spots on our the rocks just out further like they are supposed to be little spots to put things on (like pictures or something), it looks ridiculous.

Good luck with your house.

Post # 11
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am going the same thing… to be honest I am bringing in some fireplace reno companies to give me some ideas and quotes 🙂

Post # 12
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am with @julies1949: , I love the slate!  Brushed stainless steal would also be beautiful, but I really love the slate.  If you do a slate, make sure that they add (before installation) a “hanging” hole.  It is a metal hole insert that they can add to it to make hanging art or wreaths easy.

Post # 13
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Candace Olsen does a lot of very clean, modern looking fireplaces:

Post # 14
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Changing the stone to something more updated, would still leave a little rustic feel, but would allow for more contemporary decor. Obviously this is larger than your wall, but this is the feel I am talking about.


Post # 15
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would get a traditional fireplace and maybe have a slate hearth laid down in front of it.  Nothing too big, just interesting.

Post # 16
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would suggest giving it a classic surround (like @linguo42 suggested), and adding some “built-in” bookshelves/displays around it on both sides to soften the fact that the fireplace is so off-center in the room. Built-ins will also help give it a bigger presence in the room after you get rid of all that bulky stone.

You could have the shelves stretch all across that far wall (the one without windows or doors), put your TV/media center in there, and that way the couches could face both the fireplace and the TV, while leaving a clear path to those outside doors. I think the previous owners got the setup all backwards!

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