I thought I would share my fireplace makeover with you all, since a lot of you are new to my blog. When we moved back to Maine in 2006, one of the agreements between my hubby and I was that we would buy a relatively new house and not an "antique house". I love old homes, but do realize the work involved with them and my hubby just isn't a handyman, give him a computer and he can change the world, but I'm the one who does the saws in this house. Anyway, we found a brand new house that was close to town but still had some land and the basics of what we wanted in a house. Of course there are always things you want to change, and for me, one of the first things was the fireplace surround. It was just too modern for my taste. I wish I had taken a full on before shot of it, but just picture all white woodwork and pinky brown granite tiles on the bottom and surround. It was very cold and stark.
You can see some of the granite in the pic below. I first painted the woodwork in an Old Village color called Pear, it's kind of a putty color. Hubby then chipped out and removed the bottom granite tiles for me. I then layed the half bricks myself on the bottom and right over the granite surround. It totally changed the look and feel of the whole room and I'm so happy I did it. I just can't imagine the fireplace any other way now.
Here it is after I finished it...(the color looks off in that pic, the paint isn't green at all)