I’m pleased to share that we are making some tangible progress on the fireplace, and with any luck, we’ll have it done within a year of starting this never ending project! But, sometimes that’s the way the DIY cookie crumbles.
For starters, we have stone.
It’s pretty and it’s heavy. We opted for Brighton Ledgestone from Heritage Stone. The end goal is for it to look like this when it’s done.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a wee bit nervous about doing this ourselves. Redoing the kitchen cabinets was a project to say the least, but this one seems more daunting. But, I take solace in talking to the folks who sold me the stone, since two of them in the office did their own stone work and neither of them are stone masons. So, there is hope.
We got the top portion of the fireplace framed, and are in the process of finishing off the cement board. From here, we will attach a lath (rhymes with “bath” – not bathe, as I learned). Then we will do a scratch coat over the lath before attaching the stone. Although I’m still reading/researching other methods. I think we will go with the lath approach.
We have also put up a box that will eventually be the mantel. We’re still refining the final design, but we’re getting closer.
Still need to figure out the best set up, but diagrams like this one are helping me envision a possible final product. It’s really a blank canvas!
I still love the look of this fireplace mantel from Simplify, even though our fireplace will be stone. Clean lines and so classic.
This fireplace (and room) is just a show stopper, isn’t it? Definitely one of my inspiration photos in pulling this fireplace together.
A wood mantel is also appealing. But that means that all of your cuts need to be uber-precise. I’m a big fan of caulk to hide the inevitable imperfections. But isn’t this stone fireplace spectacular with it’s stained wood mantel and wood ceiling beams?
This is another gorgeous look. See, endless possibilities!
I’m really getting excited about knocking this project off of our to-do list. While working with your spouse can
make you crazy be a challenge, I think we’ll both be proud of the end result. I’m already mentally accessorizing the fireplace – it’s been so long!
What is the biggest DIY project you’ve tackled? Was it a success or an epic fail? Did you have setbacks along the way? What did you learn? Do tell!