Quick, dazzle them with the dramatic reveal!
Apologies for the iPhone "before" photo but that fireplace was so hideous it never really deserved a proper photograph. When Tony purchased this condo in 2009, the biggest priority on the list of renovation projects was that outdated 1970's faux lava stone fireplace. Or as my friend called it, "a fireplace from a 1970's porn video" (not sure how she made that connection).
It took us quite some time to work up the confidence (and save the money) to tackle the beast. One and a half years later and it's finally complete. Well, it was more like 1.25 years of procrastinating and then intermittently working on it between our busy schedules. Boy am I glad we did it! It completely changes the feel of the room for the better. I am now on the hunt for an affordable round mirror to hang on the wall above the fireplace.
Here are some photos of the process:
Me tearing it down! That felt so good.
Imagine some photos here of us puttying the drywall seams, texturizing the wall, and painting. Then, painting the mantel parts we got from Lowe's and putting it all together.
|It took me a couple visits to the tile store and ordering a few samples to finally decide on this wonderful carrara marble. This is us figuring out the tile situation and preparing to make the cuts.|
And if you noticed the recessed lighting, you just got a preview of a future posting. =)