I feel like things have been somewhat heavy around here (and, well, everywhere) these days, so I thought it would be fun to lighten it up a bit and share our latest home renovation project…our new fireplace makeover!
For well over a year, I’ve had a vision in my head about how I wanted our fireplace to look. When we first built our home (about 4-1/2 years ago!), I had made a last minute switch to our tile choice, and wound up going with this very neutral color. Very boring.
Jay hated it, but for a brief time, I liked it. Then, after said brief time was up, I couldn’t stand it anymore. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
Then came the era of my favorite duo, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and I fell head over heels for the shiplap look. I knew that I eventually wanted our fireplace to have something similar, but I couldn’t quite figure out how I wanted the rest of the mantle and surround to look.
After a few iterations of sketches by Jay, we both eventually agreed upon the look we were going for…and then the fun began!
Jay actually demoed the existing fireplace quite a few weeks back, so we were left with a rather naked looking wall. At that point, we were still carrying on with our normal daily lives, so there wasn’t as much time to devote to the project.
Then once we were quarantined, we suddenly had a little more time on our hands. ; )
Jay put a ton of time and effort into this one – especially since he even built the entire mantle piece from scratch. And when all was said and done, the whole thing came to life exactly as I had pictured it. We are SO thrilled with how it turned out!
*For my local friends, we got all of our tile from Albany Marble Inc.. If you’re in need of something, definitely go see my buddy, Frank. He’s great!
I’ll tell ya. This husband of mine is quite handy to have around (and he always likes to remind me of it, too, haha). This is just another awesome project of his to add to the list of many that have happened over the years. Here’s a look at some I’ve shared, that you may or may not remember…
Yeah, I think it’s safe to say I’ll be keeping this guy around. AND, lucky for him, I’ve already got a new project in mind for him.
He loves me so much.