I love our home. It is, in my opinion, a really cute house. That being said, it was built over 20 years ago and hasn’t been updated. At all.
As a result, there is a list of things a mile long that Randy and I would love to do to make it more of “our dream home.” Some of those projects are rather significant–like pretty much gutting the hydrangea inspired kitchen and replacing it with something a little less blue and yellow. Others are a little more simplistic–such as the fireplace.
As you can see, it was a fine fireplace–except for the fact that it was the only brick inside (or outside) the entire house. It just made no sense to have a brick fireplace. Plus Randy and I wanted a handmade mantle from some of the wood we had purchased in the past. Therefore, one night as we watched tv, we decided to completely redo the fireplace. Originally, we planned to hire out the stonework, since neither one of us had any experience laying stone, but after two months of trying to get estimates, Randy gave up the ghost and declared that he would just do the work himself.
I am going to be 100% honest. I was not sure that us doing the work was the best idea he had ever had. I worried about the mess. I worried about the time commitment. I worried about the learning curve. Basically, I just worried. But then Randy started the process.
It was messy as you can tell, but not too horrible. And then it became very real when he added the hearth.
Finally, he broke out the “stone.” We ended up using a product called AirStone, which I would definitely recommend. Airstone comes in two colors, a brownish family called Autumn Mountain and a more gray lot called Spring Creek. We decided to mix the two and I am so glad we did. I actually had a lot of fun putting together the design. In a way, it was like a giant puzzle. It also picks up on the hearth better than I could have imagined.
I am absolutely thrilled with the fireplace. We still have to lay quarter round and create the mantle, but I now walk into my family room and am blown away by the difference.