Monday, October 28, 2013

The Fireplace is DONE!

It is kind of shameful when I look back and realize that I started ripping the tile off our fireplace in May.

MAY.

That's right. What was supposed to be a two weekend job ended up taking us 5 months.

Oops.

I blame it on Luca. Before having him, this is how it would have happened:

Me: Hey, Hubs. Want to re-do the fireplace?
Hubs: (runs to get sledgehammer and safety glasses) YES!

We would then spend every weekend and evening completing the project, taking many before and after photos (most of which I would complain about because they were all evening shots and too dark).

And now?

Hubs: What are you doing?
Me: (Picture me in a pile of construction debris with a chisel and a hammer, no safety glasses and probably nothing protecting the floors) Oh...just ripping the tile off the fireplace.
Hubs: Do you have a plan?
Me: Um....

We would then only work on weekends, being too tired in the evenings to do much more than survive. And sometimes, we'd ignore it on the weekend as well, because when you only see your baby on weekends, you don't really want to spend your time working on a project (well, I don't anyway!).

On to the photos....

Just in case you don't remember what it looked like before, here it is in the listing photos from when we bought the place.


And then I painted it to get by for a while:


And now...the after!!

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I know I should say this, but I am SO proud of this project!! It was not as easy as we thought it would be, and I love that instead of building a new mantel or buying one, we used one from an old house in the Annex that I saved via Kijiji.

So there you have it....this is what a 5 month fireplace reno looks like!!

I'll post later this week on how we did it just in case anyone is contemplating their own fireplace project!

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54 comments:

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

it is SO GORGEOUS!!!! Congrats on an incredible job. Totally worth the 5 months wait :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Looks awesome!!! Love the tile! Quick question...what paint colors did you use? I am thinking of painting my living room similar colors....light grey on walls and dark charcoal on fireplace wall. I love the ones you chose!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

The walls are Silver Fox and the fireplace is Wrought Iron (both Benjamin Moore).

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

awesome job! Love the colour and texture combinations. Our fireplace took 6 months ;)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

It looks stunning!!! Like it was always there, I love makeovers like that!! :) So know what your saying about projects taking longer with a little one, but even though they take longer its so worth it :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

It looks amazing, Janice! Great job! Painting that fireplace wall a darker colour is a nice touch. Quick question, where did you get that short brass fireplace screen on hearth? I love it!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

That was worth the wait! The fireplace looks fantastic and has so much character. A much better fit for your stately Victorian.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Beautiful! Wow. You should be very proud!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Looks great!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

SO good!! That after is gorgeous! Love the tiles you chose and the new mantel!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Ahh, Janice! It looks friggin' marble-ous! And your art is great. :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Not to bring up a sore point, but did you wind up ripping out the 'darkened' tile? If not, one cannot tell at all. Gives one hope....

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Ooohhh...you will have to wait and see :-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Amanda!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thank you!!! I'm so pumped about it. Now I just have to clean up the rest of the room (since it has been a construction zone for so long now!)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks S!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thank you :-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Jen! I agree - the old one was so...puny!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Michelle. We bought the fender at a Victorian down the street from us during a street sale - supposedly it was an heirloom from the Maclean's family!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Katrina! I agree...it seems like it has always been there (thought it isn't historically accurate).

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Giulia! Yours took 6 months too? Guess I'm in good company!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks N!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Wow! That looks killer - I love the wavy fence-thing (that's a technical term) at the bottom - I love the shape, and the way the gold tone offsets the black of the actual fireplace and the soft gray and white of the rest of it!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Good Jobbie Janice!!
Your house is really pulled together! Pretty sure you ran out of things to demo!!! ha ha

love the upgrades! especially love that you reused three beautiful parts salvaged from other homes!!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Looks great! Once you are done renoing your house, I have 3 fireplaces that you can continue practicing on :) Comes with cases and cases of PEC wine.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I frigging LOVE it!!!! Awesome job.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Love it! Can you share where you got the beef chart?

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Amazing job!! Love the way it turned out. And am slightly partial to the mantel from my 'hood ;)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks! I will have to check the back of it. I bought it at an art show in Parry sound.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Okay - it was from http://www.jessicavergeer.com/ - there is no image of it on her site, but that is who I bought it from!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

It looks amazing!! Love the dark colour above the mantle too!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Ameila!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Meg :-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

That looks awesome. Don't you have Luca trying to get at it all the time? I'm sure he's attached but the lovely good wavy thing.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

looks amazing and fits in beautifully in your Victorian rowhouse!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

HOLY SMOKES! I am totally blown away. NICE WORK, WOMAN!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Looks amazing! Good for you guys.. worth all the time it took, I'd say!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

This is AMAZING!!! I particularly love the brass detailing at the bottom - I've never seen that before!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

wow nice job! You definitely should be proud - that's probably the nicest fireplace redo I've seen!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Lisa! That is very sweet :-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Steph. I had never seen a fender before ever. All I saw was brass and vintage and I was intrigued :-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks lady!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Rachel!! I'm so happy it is done! Hope you are doing well :-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Aw thank you!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Yeah - he does want to play there right now, but generally we corral him in the family room so it isn't too bad.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Hahaha I'm sure I can always find something else to demo! Thanks to you for your styling help!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks! I'm happy the mix of colours worked out. I was a tad nervous :-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

It looks AMAZING!!!!!!! The time is gorgeous and I am in love with the brass. So good!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

It looks amazing! And I don't have a child, but many of my projects start out as being 1-2 weekends and end up going months on end - it's not just you!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Aw thanks Lindsay, that makes me feel better!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks lady!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Alison. Can't wait to see more pics of your new place.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

i love this, it's really beautiful, every detail is so well done ~ congratulations!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

this is stunning! your styling is so spot on!