When we looked at this house my first reaction to the fireplace was…that has to go. I hated it, it had a giant drywall border, the proportions were all wrong and the brass front was hideous.
But when it comes to a renovation you have to compromise. My husband said that the fireplace was something he really really wanted to keep and so I said well if we are going to keep it we need to make some changes.
First, the drywall border has to go, second, the mantel height needs to come down about six inches and third we need to frame in the wall on an angle.
I asked my mom's designer for some advice and she sent me the follow pictures:
From there I started scoping the internet for ideas about style and tile type. I came across the blog Young House Love. They had a beautiful post about their fireplace and I decided that I wanted to model our fireplace after theirs.
Demolition began, we had already started taking down the decorative ledging around the living room so we just added this on. Once the demolition was complete we could start putting it all back together. My husband had to reframe around the fireplace and the wall to the ceiling, drywall and then begin the decorative mdf moulding.
I took a lot of hints from Young House Love for the decorative moulding. Our goal was to make it look similar to our cabinets (shaker style), we added a nice thick cap on top and now are patiently waiting to have it sprayed white.
Once the painting is complete we can start to tile the surround. I've chosen a faux marble subway tile, so again going with a very similar look to Young House Love.