Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Metamorphosis of a Fireplace & A Score

Okay so I have been in a mediocre mood lately. Our home reno is taking much longer than I would like. I try not to complain because trust me I know how fortunate we are and I know that there are soooo many families out there that have lost there homes in the past month but I would be lying if I said the state of my home does not get to me from time to time. I am kinda at a stand still. I am not able to fluff my nest and it drives me insane. Well it was driving me insane until last night when I decided I had had enough and was going to fluff what I could. I decided even though our reno is not completed I was going to share where we are at this moment and not care that we are not done yet. So come along with me as I share the metamorphosis of our fireplace!

This is how our fireplace and living room looked when we purchased our home almost two years ago.

Threw some paint on the walls and WOW what a difference!

I then decided I wanted to attempt fauxing the fireplace to give it an aged appearance. It was okay but lasted all of an evening before I adjusted it.

Yes, I liked this much better. In fact I LOVED how it turned out. That was in the Spring of 2010.

Here we are April 2011. What were we thinking!!!??? Somehow some way we got it in our heads we were capable of redoing the fireplace and laying down new wood flooring ourselves. We have never done any major home reno projects before. Painting has been the extent of it. Can we really accomplish what I have pictured in my head??

I think thus far it all is turning out very nicely! It is taking soooo much longer than we had hoped due to life and work but that's okay. I am now hoping to be completed by August with all of the flooring. Majorly keeping my fingers crossed. 

We not only replaced the granite tiles with ceramic tile that looks like rock but  we also extended it out by about 2 inches all around. I love the border we added.

I need to touch up the inside sides since the new tile does not come out as far as the old tile. 
Though it is not done 100% done I am still in love. 
And just in case you were wondering just how far we are. This is the reality of our home reno. 

Even the dining room is in disarray but I am learning to deal with it. In the end it will all be worth it!

Now on to my major score!! I just ran out and purchased this mirror off the local yard sale site. Can you believe it was only $20!!! Now I am trying to figure out where to put it. Should I put it in the dining room above the buffet and sell the black mirror that is there or should I swap out the mirror above the fireplace and use this one for awhile?? What would you do??

Thanx for stopping by and taking a tour of our home! I hope that your holiday weekend is going well!
I am linking up to the following linky parties:

Metamorphosis Mondays

Show Off Your Cottage Monday

Wow Us Wednesdays

Open House Party Thursdays

Transformation Thursdays

Inspiration Fridays

Feathered Nest Fridays


  1. What a great post! So many lovely inspirations! Thanks for sharing :)

    RAINBOW-The Colours of India

  2. Hi Pamela, Your fireplace makeover is fabulous and I love the tiles you used. The new wood floors are wonderful too. Your home is so beautiful and when you complete the remodel I would love to feature it at my Open House party.

  3. Your fireplace is looking great. I think you did a wonderful job. And as for your new mirror - it must be the find of the year! Just beautiful! Have a lovely day. x Sharon

  4. Wow, I really love the stone around the fireplace! Gorgeous!! That mirror is awesome, what a great find!! Totally jealous!

  5. I think it's all coming along wonderfully, Pamela! You have to give yourselves time to do it and do it right, since you say this is the first "big" project you've done. The fireplace looks fantastic. In your first picture I didn't even realize it had a mantel because it blended right in with the wall!

    Love the mirror. I think it would look great over your buffet, but I like the mirrors you have on your fireplace mantel ~ they work well together in their similarities. Is there anywhere else you could put the current dining room mirror?

  6. Your fireplace looks wonderful! Your doing such a fabulous job.We want to try this in our home.


  7. The fireplace looks great. You have a lot going on at your house. Great ideas. .. Good luck. Karie

  8. Great FP makeover. I love that tile! Fabulous!

  9. You are making some wonderful changes and the fireplace looks great! I know it's hard to have things out of place and it always takes longer! But you will LOVE it when it's done! And aren't you glad we take lots of photos now to document everything? Great job! ♥

  10. I simply love love love your house... the fireplace mantle looks gorgeous and the tile job looks so wonderful with the fireplace surround..I love the finish on the fireplace! The new mirror will look gorgeous in your dining room. Such a great find! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment!~Poppy

  11. Great new fireplace! I love the floors too, you're doing a great job, plus I loved the way you showed it! Hey, the new mirror is terrific and what a bargain!...I would put it in the dining room, in front of the buffet! Anyway, my dear, you got good taste, you'll know where as soon as you try it a few times! I'm also at Rednesday. Lots of hugs. FABBY

  12. Your fireplace redo is stunning !! Love the textiles you chose. And, the flooring is gorgeous. I admire your talent (and patience) and look forward to seeing more !! *Becca*

  13. Wow girl, you have been busy! I am in love with the new look of the fireplace - faux finish and surround are gorgeous!!
    I was just admiring your buffet before I read about the mirror. Your buffet is perfection the way you have it now with the shutters and mirror - it looks like they belong together! So I wouldn't touch it. That mirror is gorgeous though - try putting it over the fireplace and see how you like it. I'm sure you'll find the perfect spot for her.

  14. I am proud of you and your hubby for doing this big reno. It is coming along and looks so good and it's such a change. The mirror would look good above the fireplace as long as it is not longer than the mantel. I look forward to the completion too.

  15. Hey girl! I could have sworn I commented on this post earlier but maybe it was on the last one. Either way, I'm so glad you linked this up to Inspiration Friday so I could get another peek at your incredible progress. I truly don't know how you do it!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend and don't get wiped out working on projects! :-)

  16. Hi Pamela~ oh I think your home is looking so wonderful!! Love the fireplace and flooring and that mirror is Fantastic!! Thanks for sharing at my party this week! :)

  17. How did you faux the fireplace to give it an aged appearance? I've been looking through your blog for over 2 hours now - love your work and your home is amazing!

    1. Hi Len! Thank you for visiting today. I just dry brushed Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams on and blended it in with White Column also by Sherwin Williams. After they were blended and dry I added a brown glaze but I do not remember what color brown. I made the fireplace over geez I think 5 years ago now and I still love it!


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