Friday, November 4, 2011

Definite DIY Happenin' for Neglected Fireplace!...

Our poor...poor...poor fireplace is in definite need of some lovin'! I mean LOOK AT THIS!!


I'm not really sure what is going on here... it is 150 years old though so I will cut it some slack.



Although I'm in one of my crazy DIY moods though where any day I will just grab my favorite tool, the crowbar and have at this already disintegrating slate hearth!

And call me crazy but I don't think it would be that difficult to tile this guy - although according to This Old House the level of difficulty is listed as "hard". Either I'm delusional or their definition of hard and mine are completely different!

The main reason I think I could pull this off is because I will be selecting a very small tile... maybe a penny tile or a tiny subway tile... which means NO cutting of tile! (that whole wet tile cutter thing scares me!) and I would just finish off the ends with shoe molding?? Not sure yet. Have to consult contractor brother on the specifics.

Here's what I'm eyeing:

Possibly this fabulous mother of pearl penny tile for the brick surround...


And for some contrast maybe this marble pattern for the hearth?


Not sure yet... I need to price out how much this "little" project would be before I get too excited! BUT for your viewing pleasure - here are my inspiration photos!!



This pattern below is oh so lovely!





Anyone tried doing something like this before?! I'm excited to try this one!


3 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Love all of those - or if you are not going to use it - mirror!
-e (modern24/seven)

Amy said...

how are you going to pick! they are all stunning! Can't wait to see the after pics!

Katherine Velie said...

oh god...i love the first inspiration fireplace. gorgeous!