Then I stumbled across Karla's fireplace on It's the little things that make a house a home. I showed the picture to my husband and he said "ya, we can do that." Sigh. I was going to have my pretty fireplace just in time for Christmas for a fraction of fraction of the cost :) YIPEE!!!
I get inspiration and ideas by looking at as many pictures as I can and gather little pieces from this and that and make my own creation. I call it my design recipe. I don't copy anything exactly. I take an ingredient from here, one from there, throw it in my design pot and it comes out more personable and, well, more ME! (but if you wanna copy my designs exactly, of course you can, that is why I am doing this blog. Just give me some credit.. hehe).
This is the corner fireplace before we moved in. Boring, bla, small and so NOT attractive. Hundreds of starter homes and apartments have this same fireplace. I am pretty sure half of you do.
I had to paint it while I was waiting for my Mantel. I chose chocolate brown... don't ask me why. I have started to hate it towards the end.... and I hate those nasty tiles.
SLATE $100 (including grout and all materials)
I decided on slate. It could go with any paint color (because I change them often), it is a natural stone, and it is a pretty "loved by all" tile for when we want to sell our house.
TIP: When you are doing major renovations, like tile, think about resell. If you are wanting to raise your home value stay neutral, don't get too crazy. If you are planning on staying in your home forever, get what your heart desires (I woulda gone with glass tiles if we were staying here forever, but I still love the slate).
For a step by step guide on how to Tile click HERE
- We used pennies as spacers (hey, we didn't want to spend an extra $5 on spacers)
- We also didn't have to make any cuts. The bottom slate fit right where the other previous tile was laid and the little tiles came in sheets so we cut them with a razor blade.
- This was the FIRST time my husband had ever done tile (he has seen it laid a million times on his construction sites). He did an AMAZING job so don't be intimidated
- I chose Gray for the grout color.
Didn't it turn out pretty?
Now for the fun part.