I enjoy a real wood burning fireplace so I appreciated that this room had one, but it needed to be updated for a more modern feel, so out with the brick and in with tile and a painted white mantle.
Living room makeover – brick fireplace re-design
There are a lot of good design tools on the market to sketch alternatives to help visualize the alternatives, but I am very familiar with PowerPoint for presentations, so I often use to help make decisions for simple design changes. For the fireplace makeover, I drew up a few sketches of different options and we decided on the design in the picture below:
Living room makeover – brick fireplace demolition
The fireplace had a concrete bench (topped with red tile). Andy rented a jack-hammer and used that to remove the bench to open up the room. Below is a picture after we removed the concrete bench – not very pretty!
We chose grey/green slate tile and Andy installed it around the fireplace and on the floor where the concrete bench had been. We also gave the glass a thorough clean, and I painted the brass on the doors with a fire-resistant matte black. Andy added dry-wall to the top half (held in place using temporary boards below), columns on either side of the fireplace, and installed a mantle to give it more presence. The columns and mantle were made from MDF and various sections of molding stacked-up to give greater effect.
Living room makeover – new fireplace construction
Replacing the wall sconces was part of the project, but looking at the pictures now, I think these were not a great choice. They are too modern and definitely do not have a lot of presence.
We painted the walls of the house with Benjamin Moore Historical Collection colors. For the trim we used Benjamin Moore Cloud White. We prefer egg-shell finish latex for the walls and oil based semi-gloss for the trim.