Light My Fireplace- Fireplace makeover

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The one thing I desperately needed was a fireplace makeover.  It was really outdated looking with a awful green marble and (fake) brass surround with a delightfully retro (and not in a good way) oak wood mantel.   I thought about it for a long time but didn’t really know how to go about it.  After several years of staring at the hideousness,  I finally just said, I’m going to do it.  I also had to rearrange everything around the fireplace and for that matter….the whole house.

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NOTE:  Many of my “before” photos here are really just photos of my youngest kids with the fireplace where the original fireplace and fireplace area just happened to be in the background.

Here are the Before Photos:

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My oldest daughter- fireplace in background with my son crawling in front of it.  This one is before the yellow walls.  Notice the    fireplace: wood mantle, outdated green marble and tacky brass surround.

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Before-My son jumping off the couch- fireplace in background.  We also have this thing of thousands of toys all over the place! : )

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Before- My youngest daughter- fireplace in the background.  Notice again: wood mantle, outdated green marble and tacky brass surround.

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Before- Sweet baby & see the fireplace again in the background.  To the right we had this mammoth entertainment center that really needed to go.  The walls were really yellow.

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Before-Fireplace in background.  After the entertainment center went away, we put a flat screen tv above the fireplace and cabinets with shelves on either side of the fireplace.

Here are the During Photos:

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You can see the whole fireplace setup in the background here.  This is after we changed a lot of things.  It looked much better than it used to but I still didn’t like how dark and crowded everything looked.

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I had to get rid of these shelves on either side of the fireplace.  They made the room look dark and smaller.IMG 0143 300x200 Light My Fireplace Fireplace makeover

So I removed the shelves on either side and painted the fireplace wood surround white. I also painted the brass black.

We removed the flat screen tv from above the fireplace mantel because I didn’t want the tv to be the focus of the room.  IMG 0323 300x200 Light My Fireplace Fireplace makeover

I painted the wall behind the fireplace lighter to brighten the room up.IMG 0389 300x200 Light My Fireplace Fireplace makeover

I decided to put some scrapbook paper in frames to hang above the fireplace mantel.  I hung up several pieces of scrap book paper to see what I liked.IMG 0397 300x200 Light My Fireplace Fireplace makeover

Down to 3 pieces of scrapbook paper!  Which pieces will end up in frames?IMG 0406 300x200 Light My Fireplace Fireplace makeover

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Tile samples on the floor in front of the fireplace. The one on the left has more browns and the one on the right has more blue. Hmmmmm.

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Some tiling supplies.

Here are all of the supplies I needed:

Sponge

Grout float

GroutAdhesive

Notched trowel

Putty knife

Bucket for water

Tile Spacers

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I applied the adhesive to the green marble and now I am sticking the tile on it.IMG 0760 300x200 Light My Fireplace Fireplace makeover

Applying more adhesive for the top part.IMG 0776 300x200 Light My Fireplace Fireplace makeover

Applying grout.IMG 0770 300x200 Light My Fireplace Fireplace makeover

More grout.

So with this tiling, this is a very simple break down of what I did:

1. Clean surface.2.Cut tile to fit. I could just cut this tile with scissors which is held together by a mesh.3. Apply adhesive with putty knife.4.  Go over adhesive with notched trowel.5. Stick the tile on.6. Put tile spacers where needed.7.  Let the tile sit for about 24 hours.8. Cover tile with grout with the Grout Float.(or I ended up using my hands for a lot of it)9.  Let the grout sit for 1/2 hour and wipe down with sponge and water.10.  Let the grout sit for another 1/2 hour and wipe off remaining grout with sponge and water.

t Light My Fireplace Fireplace makeoverAND Finally the fireplace is finished! (at least for now!)

Here are the After Photos:

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Finally finished!

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Top.

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Right side.

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Left side.

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Sweet!

Comments

  1. Looks great, Kristie!!

  2. So refreshed looking. I just figured out how to leave comments (I think). Can’t wait to see the kitchen cabinets.

  3. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I love what you did with the fireplace! I actually have a great room (you can see the kitchen and the fireplace at the same time) and I was wanting to get enough extra backsplash to do the same thing with my fireplace. I have been nervous that it wouldn’t be a good idea, but you have put my mind at ease, thanks so much! Also, the scrapbook paper for artwork is complete genius! Now to find scrapbook paper that would look good in my space….

    PS – What’s the name and brand of the tile you went with? I am going to let myself buy mine when I finally finish staining the cabinets.

    • Hi Brittany- Thanks so much! I had the same worries as you when I started but it turned out great. The green marble and oak we had just looked dated and not very stylish so I am really happy with how it looks. I got the tile at Home Depot. It wasn’t special ordered, just in the store but I don’t remember the brand. I should have written it down. I have a tip for you though, if you do the tiling, try to get it all done on the fireplace at one time because I found that sometimes you need to adjust the tile while it’s still not set. Even if you need to just slide it up or down (or to the side) slightly, you can’t do it when it is set. I learned the hard way (literally!). I had a little trouble because I did it on two separate days, a few days apart, and on the second time I found that I really had to push the tiles tightly in one area and they are not “exactly” matched up with the ones that I had put in previously but I managed to make it look fine. Let me know how it goes. I would love to see photos. :) . Kristie

  4. Thanks for the tip!! I really love your white mantle with playful colors! Ours is red mahogany stained, so I am having a hard time lightening the area up. I think the tile will be perfect for the job.I picked up a few more things today, but I have to finish my current projects before I can do the fireplace. I will send pictures when I am done for sure! Right now I am trying to find the picture frames. I might end up cutting the scrapbook paper and putting it in smaller frames if I cant find the square ones.

  5. I saw that, I love them! I was looking for canvas for awhile and couldn’t find anything to fit my space, that’s why I love the scrap paper idea. :) I just finished the bathroom (scraping wallpaper, painting, staining vanity, changing medicine cab, installing new light fixture and new faucet). I am getting close to finishing the dining room (painted red up top, tan on bottom, a few decorations). I need to buy new white chair railing for the dining room, the stuff I took down was thin and brown. After that… I need to paint and decorate the living room and finish staining the kitchen cabinets. THEN I can buy my backsplash haha. Oh, I also need to finish painting the exterior doors (I already did the shutters and one door) and paint the mail box post. I kind of bounce around and do a little here and there, depending on what I feel like. My son wants his room painted sea spray blue and a soft/light green too… but the toys need to be cleaned up at the same time I feel like painting. ^_^

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