Peek inside our home {Fireplace Transformation}

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.


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  1. June 14, 2017 / 10:18 am

    It looks so much better! I’d have ripped out the gas fire too! Maybe one day you could light a real fire in it if you got someone in to look at the chimney? #HomeEtc

    • June 16, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      I would love a real fire one day, I did think about putting a log burner in there but it might be alot easier and cheaper to just get someone out to check the chimney.

  2. June 14, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Ah it looks gorgeous, how lovely to have such a pretty focal point. We painted our fireplace with emulsion too and it still looks fine 3 years later. xx #homeetc

    • June 16, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you for commenting, I’m glad you got on okay with the emulsion too, I was a little worried but it seemed to go on okay. x

  3. June 17, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Isn’t it crazy how much of a difference a few small details makes? I love the pain work, the colour is gorgeous and I bet it feels so much more welcoming now X #HomeEtc

  4. June 20, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Looks great and really light and bright – so much better. Love the colours too xx Thanks for sharing & linking up! Jess xx #HomeEtc xx

  5. June 22, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Oh wow, what a difference that makes! It looks beautiful! x

  6. November 15, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    A stunning transformation of the fireplace!!

    When it comes to fireplace my favorite thing’s is the tiles too 🙂
    Your hard work really pays off.

    It’s become an awesome place to spend lonely evening.

  7. November 27, 2017 / 6:43 am

    Have you tried opening diverse doors and windows? We once had a fireplace that would only stop smoking when we opened the bathroom window – three rooms away and with all doors closed. Our current fireplace only has a good “tirage” when the living-room door is ajar. Not when it’s closed and not when it’s wide open…

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