Saturday, December 29, 2007

My New Fireplace

I finally have a finished fireplace in my new great room. I was complaining about it here and a couple of weekends ago we finally got going and finished the front of the fireplace.
To catch others up to date, last spring we torn down a one car garage, had a two car garage built with a great room over it that connects to our kitchen and living room. We did all the finish work ourselves to save money but somehow the fireplace was never high priority on the list of things to finish. It was a working gas fireplace but the front was not finished.We bought these slate tiles way back last July with only a general idea of what the opening and hearth size would be.
My husband did a great job tiling and we did not have to cut any tiles-they fit perfectly! It's almost as if we actually knew what we were doing but trust me, we were just sort of making it up as we went along. One of the things that we just decided on at the last minute was to buy textured wallpaper to put on the rest of the face to disguise the uneven surface underneath, rather than putting up drywall which would have put the surface too far out.
We painted it to match the walls and I think that is one of my favorite parts of the fireplace. And in the end guess how many tiles we had left over-4! These 4 lonely tiles which I decided we should make into a medallion and frame. I love it! We certainly have enjoyed sitting in this room with the fire going, watching the snow fall. It makes winter much more enjoyable. I hope your winter is enjoyable wherever you may be. Happy New Year!


  1. I LOVE IT! What a nice room what more can I say! wow!

  2. Your fireplace is beautiful and the motif you made with the extra tiles is a very nice touch. If you get as much snow as your pictures show very often, I am sure you will spend a lot of time in front of it.

  3. Ooh - I just love that fireplace. So beautiful. What a great room.

  4. A fantastic finish - the medallion is inspired! Love it when things just 'work out' that way *s*

    Happy New Year!

  5. Oh, very nice! How lucky you are to have a handy husband!

  6. Your fireplace s gorgeous - I especially love the motif you made from the extra tiles ... how creative!
    Happy New Year Chris

  7. Your fireplace is GORGEOUS! And I love all your decorations. What a warm and inviting space!

  8. Wonderful fireplace! How lucky that you didn't have to cut any tiles! Your hubby did a good job.


  9. Lovely inviting photos! I wish I could sit & watch the falling snow!!

  10. Love the fireplace, mine, working also, was user three years before it had a surround so you are a speed demon. Love the chocolate lollipops too. Mary


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