Welcome to the 261st Metamorphosis Monday!
I have an exciting Before and After to share for this Met Monday! This is one I think a lot of folks have contemplated for their own home.
Michael, the blogger behind the popular blog, Rattlebridge Farm, purchased a beautiful home a while back and she’s been busy renovating it. One feature she wasn’t too crazy about was the brick fireplace in the living room.
At some point over the years, someone had painted the brick. It didn’t look bad but Michael had something better in mind.
Michael said, “I had planned to leave the painted bricks but have a new mantel made by my cabinet-maker, Jimmy. When Jimmy brought the mantel and propped it against the bricks, I really liked the design…but the bricks just weren’t working. The mantel looked tacked on, if that makes sense.”
You can see what Michael is talking about in this photo below. The mantel and carved pilasters were removed and a complete redesign of the fireplace got underway.
Michael said, “I thought about it and decided the bricks needed to be covered. I asked my general contractor, Mike, if we could put drywall over the bricks. He explained about having a combustible product (drywall) so near the fireplace and told me about the local building codes — he always has our safety in mind, which is reassuring! He and Jimmy discussed it and decided to drywall the bricks on each side of the fireplace, along with the bricks above the mantel.
Ready to see the completed fireplace and mantel?
Beautiful! Michael said, “We put sheetrock over the bricks, and Carrara marble around the firebox and on top of the brick hearth.” Michael’s carpenter put wooden trim over the raised hearth.
About the marble Michael said, “The marble surround is Carrara and isn’t pink. It’s my camera.” Michael even thought to have an electrical outlet added for Christmas lights! So smart!
I love how deep the mantel is now. I have such a shallow mantel in my family room, I can hardly fit anything on it, so I appreciate a nice deep mantel that’s ready for decorating.
Here’s a close-up of the carved detail before it was painted. Sooo pretty!
Side-by-side comparison of the Before and After:
Do you have a fireplace and mantel you would like to makeover in your home? It’s amazing what a dramatic difference just changing the appearance of the fireplace and mantel can make in a room.
You can see more of Michael’s beautiful home and renovations at her blog, Rattlebridge Farm. Her kitchen is absolutely stunning…one of the prettiest kitchens I’ve ever seen!
Looking forward to the Before and Afters linked for this Met Monday!
If you are participating in Metamorphosis Monday, you will need to link up the “permalink” to your MM post and not your general blog address. To get your permalink, click on your post name, then just copy and paste the address that shows up in the address bar at the top of your blog, into the “url” box for InLinkz.
In order to link up, you’ll need to include a link in your MM post back to the party so the other participants will have an opportunity to receive visits from your wonderful blog readers.
Please observe these few rules:
Only link up Before and After posts that are home, gardening, crafting, painting, sewing, cooking, DIY related.
Do not link up if you’re doing so to promote a website or product.
Do not link up a post that was just linked last week since a lot of readers will have already seen that post.