Monday, 27 September 2010

Fireplace Before and After

I found some before pictures the other day. Our fireplace before:

fireplace cropped

In this picture we had already put a coat of white paint on the walls (formerly mustard) and the wood (formerly orange-stained).

Below is the Living Room now.

Living Room after portrait

living room after landscape

The grate in the fireplace is apparently an original bedroom sized grate.  The fire places upstairs have been covered up, but it seems that someone moved one of the grates into the downstairs fireplace first. 

I’m hoping to make more use of the open fire this year, now that we are rid of the pesky Jackdaws (and then made extra sure they don’t come back).

Looking at it now I’m pleased with it.  It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come, and to become obsessed with details you don’t like.

Yes, the top shelf houses my collection of Jilly Coopers books. Judge me.


Alison said...

Wow! The fireplace looks lovely. I love the green paint you've used on the walls too.

Nathalie said...

I spotted your before and after photos on Design Sponge and found your remodel to be a great success! I love the color scheme and the painting on your mantel! >>Your books are even organized by colours!!! What an attention to details!!!

Devon from Miss Make said...

i saw your before & after on design sponge. this looks so good!! i have wanted to make over my fireplace for so long and paint the ugly tiles around it, but i've been nervous about what kind of paint to use (since it will be so close to heat and flame.) what kind of paint did you use?

Elizabeth - Quest Twenty Eight said...

Hi, Thanks for the comments!

Nathalie - Organising the books was really therapeutic, and I love adding new books to the shelves.

Devon, I was really concerned about painting the tiles also, but never looked back. I bough special Tile Paint, which should be available at any decent hardware store. It only took one coat, and you can't tell they are painted at all! I never looked back.

The paint is very gloopy, so make sure you cover the area around the fire place well. Let me know if you take the plunge - good luck!

This is the type of paint I used.

Sofluid said...

Oh my goodness, I have that exact same hand lamp!