Wednesday, May 20, 2020

fireplace inspiration and ideas for our living room

Hello! Today I want to talk about gas fireplace inserts and fun ways to make them look custom.

I am talking about this because this is what I want to do to our own fireplace which I will show you in a minute.

This is our living room which shows our fireplace. 

This is a closer pic of it at Christmas.

And if we really want to go down memory lane, this was it when we bought the house in 1997. 

We went wood burning for several years. There really is nothing like a wood burning fireplace. But it was messy and the whole chopping wood and storing it thing was getting old. So, we decided to make the switch to gas.

We used the same size opening that the original fireplace had. Now that I have been staring at it for so many years I am realizing how great it would look to have a bigger scale insert. I never realized how dis proportionate our insert is. I feel like it needs to be taller and beefier. Here it is again so you don't have to scroll back up :)

I brought the idea up to my husband and he said it would be a huge job to make the opening bigger. Nearly impossible, which means he doesn't want to do it, so therefore I needed to come up with another solution. 

Our insert is ok, but it has it's issues like everything does when it gets old. So we agreed to get a new insert that sits a little more flush. I am still on the hunt for one that will fit our opening perfectly and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. 

Wayfair has some great choices here, just in case you are in the market as well. Anything really will be an upgrade to what we have now.

So then my brain started going crazy thinking of ways I could make it bigger. I saw this image on Pinterest and fell in love.

Isn't it beautiful? I contacted the guy who did our stair railing {which you can see here if you don't know what I am talking about} and he said he could make a surround like this for whatever new insert we get! Won't that be great? 

I did a little rendering here just to see what it would look like:

I love it! The first step will be finding a new gas insert and once that is installed the surround can be built. Don't you think that will look so much better? I am excited to get going on it. Stay tuned!

xoxo, Melaine 

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