Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Fireplace Project - Before and After

Wrapping up this project and feeling pretty good about it.

To recap, here's the BEFORE ... with that hideous square tile and brass fireplace insert. BLAH.

And here is the AFTER photo ... all updated and pretty ...

Overall, I give this project a Moderate on the difficulty scale. It was my first time grouting and demoing tile -- a messy and sweaty endeavor. But, otherwise, most of the tasks used skills and tools I had from other improvements. And my conversation with an "expert" before I got underway was crucial, I think, in keeping the overall scope manageable.

As far as budget, I spent about $360, with a majority going to tile materials and the stone. Not a hefty price tag for a thing we look at every single day.

And I love the end result. The room has more texture and an updated feel. And our huge brownish sofa looks better somehow, too.

The next questions ... should I paint the white trim of the fireplace? And does it need a larger mantel?

Related Posts:
Fireplace measurements
Hearth demo day details
All the Fireplace Project posts

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