Fireplace before:

Fireplace after:



The fireplace is a prominent feature in the great room in our house. You see it when you walk in. You see it from the kitchen. You see it from the dining room. You see it from across the street. It’s important that it looks good.

Originally, the brick had been painted a tan-ish color, with a red tile hearth, and a bright gold doors. Not exactly in line with the rustic earth tones that Russell and I want for our home.

But, the mantle was gorgeous – so we didn’t want to completely start over. We spent a lot of time trying to decide what to do. Should we tile it? Paint it?

Russell’s mom had the idea to cover it with fake stacked stone. Genius.

The stone is made by Texas Stone Designs (the color is Matagorda, if you want to check it out). It comes in pre-made stacks that fit together like a puzzle. Our tile-layer/painter/farm-hand/favorite-person-on-the-farm-that-isn’t-family, Juan, put it up in just a day.

Quite a difference, huh?

But, the bright white mantle stuck out a little with the rustic stone around it. Since we antiqued our kitchen cabinets, we decided to antique the mantle, as well. Here’s the finished product:

We love it.

But, when we asked Juan what he thought, he told us that we messed up his pretty white mantle and now it looks like we found it in a dumpster.

And that means it’s the perfect amount of rustic!

2 Comments on House Renovation: A Fireplace Makeover

  1. Kristin Murdock
    April 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM (7 years ago)

    Fabulous. I am thoroughly impressed.

    • Julia
      April 28, 2011 at 9:16 PM (7 years ago)

      Thanks! I’m kinda obsessed with it!


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