Ugliest Fireplace In the Country!

by Jessie
5 Materials
3 Weeks

This is the hideous, beastly monstrosity we inherited when we bought our house nearly 4 years ago... with the quarantine in place, we finally had time to work on it! FINALLY!

Little secret inside..

Trapped within this time capsule of ugly, was the cutest, most charming little wood burning stove!

New frame

The brick surrounding the stove was in pretty bad shape, so we supported the original mantel and the brick below it with the 2x4s...then just finished a new frame around the stove!

Now comes the fun part!
French tile..

The tile I chose was beautiful and had this antique, faded print in these lovely, muted colors...

cutting the tile was not as complicated as I feared and basically it was a matter of fitting the pieces together like a puzzle...

And here she is!!!

I used trim that I stained to cover the mantel and all the edges.. I also matched the corbels with the same stain..we’re still working on the hearth floor but all in all... I LOVE how she cane out!! Whaddaya think????

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  • Shena Winslow Shena Winslow on Apr 16, 2021

    I am always impressed when someone completes these detsiled projects. Kudos to you!! I never finish what I start!

  • Jaswan Jaswan on Apr 16, 2021

    Where did you get that tile?

  • Kim Schratwieser Kim Schratwieser on Apr 16, 2021

    That tile is beautiful. Where is it from?

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  • Kathi Geren-Hahn Kathi Geren-Hahn on May 13, 2021

    The is Gorgeous! And I wouldn’t change the hearth except to finish it. I love the simplicity and various colors of the bricks beneath an eye-popping mantle piece. Beautiful job!

  • Greg Tillotson Greg Tillotson on Sep 06, 2021

    That looks fantastic. I cannot believe how it looked originally. Just a word of caution for others looking at this project. That wood construction around the wood stove is not up to code and would not be considered safe. Only non-combustible materials should be used such as metal studs and hardie board.