Tuesday, January 12, 2021

the evolution of our fireplace

 When we bought this house 22 years ago, the fireplace looked like this:

As you can see, it was a wood burning fireplace which we used that way for a couple years. 

After that, the chopping of the wood, the hauling the wood in, got very old, so we updated the insert to gas, framed out a new fireplace, and covered it in faux river rock.

As you can see, this was during our "lodge" look, haha. So funny. Not my style now at all, but at the time, believe it or not, this was really cool.

Over the years our style evolved, but we kept the same log mantle. I did lighten it a little, which you can read about here. {way back in 2014}

Everything from then on stayed the same until last year. The insert size always bothered me. However, we are using the existing wood burning fireplace opening size, so without a ton of work, it had to stay that way.

Last year I came across this photo:

I had an aha moment. Our gas insert at this point was also on the fritz so I decided to tackle a mini makeover in hopes to give the insert a bigger presence, while still keeping the same size.

I searched high and low for a gas insert that was to fit our specific dimensions and landed on one from Woodland Direct. This one exactly. We decided to go ventless because at this time we were re-roofing our house and wanted to get rid of the chimney.

We love out insert. It turns off and on with a remote and is very minimal in style, which is what I was going for.

The problem was, it still didn't have that wow factor.

So I called a friend that does welding, showed him my inspiration photo above, and in one afternoon he had made me a new surround out of steel channel, also knows as channel iron.

My husband painted it black and we attached it to the rock surrounding the insert. 

The final piece of the puzzle was a new hearth, as ours was tile and chipping off.

I selected a piece of black leathered granite and had it custom made, a bit bigger than the tile layout.

The end result is EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Here it was this past December:

Cost wise was more than I had anticipated, but we got a steal of a deal on fabrication of the surround.

Here's the breakdown:

Fireplace insert: $1,917.00

Steel: $100.00

Granite slab: $1,200.00

Labor for surround: $300.00

Total for fireplace makeover: $3,517.00

Another thing that helped this look was upgrading our TV to a frameless one where we can display photos.  It happens to be on major sale right now too!

Here's a little side by side before and after for you:

For those of you that already have a Samsung Frame TV, this is a great source for art to put on them!

xoxo, Melaine 

1 comment:

Laura | Everyday Edits said...

this looks great melanie. We are getting ready to update our 20 year old fireplace. My biggest issue is putting our television above our beautiful new gas fireplace. I love what you did with your television screen. What a difference. Happy Day from Colorado, laura

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