We’ve had dark and stormy skies in Austin these last few days. Even though it hasn’t exactly turned cold, I’ve still been tempted to start a fire in the fireplace just to make the living room a little more cozy feeling… which then reminded me I need to post pictures of the fireplace renovation we did last winter, because it’s so AWESOME (if I do say so myself)!
Here’s what it started out like, our 1979 Texas flagstone fireplace and hearth, along with adjoining dark brown wood veneer built-ins:
After yanking out the built-ins and hammering away all the rock facade and the bulky hearth (which was some heavy, dusty work) we got down to the brick firebox:
Our next step was to frame out the fireplace surround with flame retardant cement board. Since our plan was to mount the TV over it, we ran the TV’s power cord and the built-in sound system wires through PVC pipes in the wall so we wouldn’t have any dangling wires:
Once that was done and the drywall replaced, textured and painted, it was time to apply the covering, a gorgeous stacked stone product called RealStone, in honed white birch. Isn’t it so, so PRETTY? I’m obsessed with it! (And I have to give props to our contractor, Karl Hanson at H & H Design & Construction — he and his crew did an amazing job of getting this laid out perfectly!)
The final step was to paint the grate and the interior brick a neat black, and then we were ready for the new floors to go in, the TV to go up, and the decorating to begin. Here’s how it all turned out in the end:
Cozy, no? We were absolutely thrilled with how it came out! It’s about as far away from its original look as can possible be, and we don’t miss that a bit. We wanted it to look sleek and contemporary, but still feel warm and inviting.
Speaking of inviting, I believe it’s calling me now. I’m gonna go light a fire, pour a lovely glass of wine, and ride out the rest of this stormy evening. Y’all enjoy yours!