Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Light My Fire

We are making some serious progress in the den so I wanted to give you a little sneak peak.

As you may recall from this post,  here's what our fireplace looked like before:

and here's the progress:

Pretty cool, right?  We're working with the guys from L&M Construction and they have been great (I'm giving them a shout out, cause I seriously think they do good work).

They're planning on finishing up the fireplace today, so here's to hoping I have a VERY pretty "after" picture to show you tomorrow.

Here's a quick recap of what we did:

We had to replace all of the drywall in this room (buh-bye icky stucko), so we decided that while we're at it, we might as well reface the top half of the fireplace with drywall too.  This involved removing the brick from the top half of the fireplace.  Important: The brick on our fireplace was purely decorational and nothing structural (we had this checked), so make sure you check that out before you start chiseling.  Also, there is specific code that says how far your mantel needs to be from the top of your fireplace opening, etc, etc.  so it's good to check all that stuff out.  I mean, you don't want to burn your house down in the name of fireplace beauty.

Once they had the top half of the brick removed, they were able to run the electrical that will be used to mount our television over the fireplace.  Once the electrical was in, they added insulation (which we found out we were severely lacking in beforehand), then they drywalled.

I decided to go with random strip tumbled travertine for the tiling around the fireplace opening.  This tile comes in 1'x1' sheets and runs about $20-23 a square foot.  This particular tile needs to be sealed before it's grouted and then sealed again after.  We used an enhancer sealer to bring out the unique colors in the stone.   The travertine will require regular sealing (I've heard do it every 3 or 4 months to do it once a year) to make sure it stays soot free, but we decided that it was worth it.  I'll let you know how I feel about that come sealing time.

Once the tile was done, our contractor started work on the mantle and molding and that's where I leave you today. 

Can't wait to see what a fresh coat of white paint does to this puppy.  Oh, and the door frame around the fireplace opening used to be brass, but a quick sand and coat of black stove paint shot this baby straight out of the 80s.  Welcome to 2012.

Have a great one!

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