Ugly Fireplace Makeover – Before and After
This fireplace might have had a chance to win the prize for the ugliest fireplace in the history of…ever. Vintage 1979, no amount of white paint could spruce it up enough to look respectable, so it had to go. Originally we wanted to build a new wall in front of it but the dimensions didn’t allow for the new gas fireplace to vent properly. We ended up removing all that ugly (and super heavy) stone.
Here is the before. Ugly with a capital U.
To remove the stone, we started with a rotary hammer to drill holes in the mortar between the stones.
And then a wrecking bar and some elbow grease to dislodge the stones.
We framed walls to give the new fireplace some depth and a platform to elevate the fireplace off the floor. We were limited by the ceiling height of only eight feet, so it couldn’t be too far off the floor.
A leftover Glulam beam makes a good looking simple mantle. Some sanding and a clear finish was all that was needed.
Drywall, mantel and hearth installed. The hearth was a remnant from a local granite supply company. We also painted black the area where the TV mount will go.
Cultured stone is much easier to work with than natural stone products.
All done with the flatscreen installed. Just in time for the big game. For a more detailed look at this project, check out my blog https://plumbandlined.com/the-70s-called-they-want-their-fireplace-back/