Frank
Frank
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  • Cherry Hill, NJ

Fireplace Makeover


Brick fireplace makeover with stained wood.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
Just moved in and this above was just not going to work. If you look close it has cracks in it repaired half a**ed. It's the focal point in the room. We were getting new carpets so, I decided to tackle the FP before they were installed.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
I used $2 wood strips and concrete nails. I hammered them in at the mortar joints, then took down the mantle and used a grinder to take off/out some bricks to make room for electrical.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
I went to a local landscaping place and picked up pieces of slate. I needed to cut some with a grinder. The hearth I made myself using 2 of the slabs. I needed to do in it stages, but it turned out ok. I used mortar to set them in place.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
The shiny look in this picture is just from a soap wash, but I obtained the look later by using Murphy's Tung Oil. (found a video on youtube.)
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
I ran all my electrical and set up for TV and surround sound and the box I needed to build to hold up my system. I spray painted the strips black in case I ran into any gaps in the wood so they would not see through.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
Went to Lowes and bought 20 pieces of 3 different sizes of pine. All 8 foot in length. I got 6 different stains and stained each piece. I then started to install them completely random. Put up pieces up in lengths of 2 ft to a full 8 ft pieces. Used a chop saw to cut to desired length. just went with it and eyed up the colors.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
The black spot on the bottom was a test to see if I was going to use paint or wood on the bottom. I ended up using wood.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
I used a brad nailer to attach each piece. This will be an easy dismantle in the future if I decide to do that.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
Yup, that is an air return in the picture for my heater. Odd place for it right? Just my creative side...I made these two doors to match the wall. The box also functions as storage for remotes or anything.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
I only used regular stain without the poly. After the wall was up I coated it with one coat of poly to give it a little shine.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
The fireplace insert on Ebay was like $350..ya no thanks, I'm on a budget. I used sandpaper to scuff the brass and sprayed it with high heat black. looks ok.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
Carpet and Ellie
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
Final...thanks for looking! Edit.... For all the questions on the safety of the TV. I did hours of research on youtube and google and I found no solid answer on "don't do it or do it" As I mentioned on some of the comments below Ebay sells a heat deflector for above the hearth but after several test fires with the FP insert I found 99% of the heat gets pushed outward. Little escapes the insert and pushes upward towards the TV. I live in a climate where I probably burn fires from December to March. So even that 1% of heat that might actually hit the TV in these few months (IMO) will not hurt it. Thanks oh..and I'm an Eagles fan.
fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels
Final again but a lil too much sunlight...sorry! Edit..... I had to include this comment from Mochamjt for those who keep asking about the chance of the wood catching fire. "If you really think about it, as difficult as it is too start a fire in the fire box, it would be even more difficult to start the wood on fire that is surrounding the fire box. You would have to hold something burning right on it." Well said Mocha....thanks

**Update. 4-27-17 The cold season is over. We burned probably 25+ fires. TV is going strong and the house is still standing. lol
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  • Melissa Raymond
    on Nov 6, 2018

    Beautiful. Just curious if the wood by the fireplace is up to code?

    • Frank
      on Nov 6, 2018

      The distance need around the surround (slate) needs to be 6 inches. I did 7. As far as the rest of the wall were the wood is. No clue.

  • Becky
    on Nov 7, 2018

    I think you did a fantastic job! My only question is were you able to fix those big cracks in the wall? Looked like some serious settling or foundation issue? I am by no means any kind of pro on that... just have seen pics on line of beautiful old Victorian homes and see that kind of cracking and it looks like it could be problematic. It looks like you did many many labor hours, and it DOES look great!

    • Frank
      on Nov 7, 2018

      no I didn’t do anything with the crack. Just covered it up. The brick is mostly a facade. I don’t think it has anything to do with the foundation. House was built in the 60’s. No idea when or how it cracked.

  • Joanie
    on Nov 7, 2018

    Is this new project in your basement? It sure looks great and you did a super job.....on everything. I noticed the support poles????, which we boxed in, in our basement, we turned 1 end into a entire bar, stone wall on one end and complete Rec room for a family of 6. I miss it and we had to move for job change, and this sure brought back great memories. Enjoy it to the utmost!! Steeler fans here!!! Go get

    em Iron boys!!

    • Frank
      on Nov 7, 2018

      Thanks. The room is actually the bottom level of my split level home. No basement.

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  • Stunning! The before pictures looked kind of cold and uninviting. Your finished product looks warm, inviting, and very comfy cozy!

  • Linda Harp
    11 hours ago

    Fantastic makeover! I must find a wall to do this to! I love it. Not crazy about the black trim though. I probably would have chose a lighter color... But in your house... it's perfect!!

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