Fireplace Makeover: Take 2

2 Materials
2 Days

When we made over the fireplace the first time it was beautiful, don’t get me wrong. Certainly better than what it looked like originally. But there was always this nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite right; not quite “me”. I tried to shrug it off and tell myself that it was good enough and that there was no way I was putting another dime into that fireplace, but the nagging just kept on. I finally worked up the courage to just go with it and I couldn't be happier!

So this is the after picture from the first makeover. Looking good, but once again, not exactly what I had envisioned.

I love the all of the trim and millwork of the Craftsman style so I knew that I definitely wanted to add some trim to the side pillars and the mantel. I added some 1x2 boards to frame them out and filled the routed design that was in the mantel and trimmed that out with 1x2s, as well.

I filled and sanded all of the nail holes and imperfections and caulked the seams. Then I primed and painted everything white.

It was looking really good but I wanted to mix it up a bit and add a fun accent color to make the fireplace really pop. I painted the plank wall a gorgeous dusty navy blue.

To help toughen up the look, I decided to add a stained 2x10 board to the mantel top. It was a little bit bowed, as big box store lumber tends to be, so I glued it in place, screwed that puppy in and clamped her down for two days while everything cured.

After two days were up, I popped off the clamps and stared in amazement at my finished product. I am completely in love and so happy that I just went with it. It's definitely the focal point of the room now and the blue is just so darn cool. I really love the character that all of the trim work brings.

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  • Pamela Sperber Gasser Pamela Sperber Gasser on Nov 19, 2014
    I love what you did, love the blue, love the clock and yes the fireplace does disappear but with a fire burning it comes back into the picture.

  • Tracey Tracey on Jun 17, 2017
    Love it, will be moving into an older house soon and these tips will help a lot.