When we moved into this house we were greeted with a big brick fireplace. Complete with a not very attractive gas fire. Before the offer was accepted on the house we knew the fire needed to come out.
Within a week of living here we called in a gas man to remove the ugly old fire and seal off the gas pipe. We decided that we would just install an electric fire when we could find one we both liked.
When he removed the fire we realised behind it was a full chimney breast. We left it for a while to decide what we wanted to do with it.
Our first job was to remove the carpet from the base, which revealed these orange tiles. James soon got to work trying to remove them!
And here is the finished fireplace
We started by painting the bricks in grey. I can’t remember which shade of paint this is, but it was one of the B&Q own brand. I couldn’t find a masonry paint in the right shade so we used standard emulsion with a white undercoat. It probably wasn’t the right thing to do, but its worked for us, and this was painted about 5 months ago.
James painted the inside of the chimney breast in black, then put the white architrave around and painted the top ledge in white gloss to finish it off.
Possibly my favourite part of my new fire place is the tiles. These are from Topps Tiles and they co-ordinate perfectly, pale grey with a small pattern. This was James’ first ever attempt at tiling, and although its a small space the surface was really uneven, but he managed to level it well.
At the moment we have flowers at the chimney breast. during the winter we collected pine cones and filled a big vase. We had a stash of Pumpkins there for Halloween and some festive decorations at Christmas. I would like to fill the space with big logs eventually.
I absolutely love our new fireplace. It has really transformed the look of the room, from old and dull to modern and bright.
We have got the wallpaper ready to go up in the living room, but at the moment we have a few other priorities to finish off. Hopefully in a few months I will be able to show the completed room.