Our Florida fireplace was beginning to look as neglected as it feels. Eager for a DIY project, we decided to give it a little makeover so it could really light up the room.
Here's the before picture of our fireplace:
Nothing terrible, but no place to hang your stockings!
|STEP 1: DESTROY|
Before we could start on anything else, Pete removed all of the existing tile using a masonry chisel and hammer. He even managed to remove some drywall with it. ;) Oops.
|STEP 2, 3, 4: REBUILD|
Step 2: Tile
We chose travertine stone for our fireplace and spaced at 3/8" to replicate a brick look. Also, if I can be honest here, we chose a stone and design that involved us NOT having to cut at all. Lazy. Easy. Smart. All of the above. I've seen what amateurs do with a wet saw on Renovation Realities and I'm not about to go there...
Step 3: Grout
We used unsanded, premixed bright white grout. We also stuck a 2014 heads-up penny in the hearth for good luck.
Step 4: Mantel
We decided to go with a simple, rustic design for the mantel. The top of the mantel is a natural cedar 2"x6".
I love the new look of our fireplace, and I'm so happy we could finish it before the holidays. I think it's going to be the perfect place to hang our Christmas stockings, while we gather around the hearth, sweat, and make s'mores.