Monday, September 7, 2015

Faux Fireplace - Part One

When we lived in Colorado, we had a sitting room in the front of our home.  It was probably my favorite room in that house. It was where Graham and I would put our feet up in the evenings while we watched the kiddos play. One of the coolest things in that room was a faux fireplace that Graham had put in for me. I just loved it. It's amazing how one little addition to a room can make it feel special. 


I found this picture of the front room and the fireplace in it so you could see what I mean. Doesn't it look great in there? Try not to be distracted by the darling Ginger baby staring back at you. I know it's hard, but we have to stay on task. Back to fireplaces, people.  One of the largest rooms in our New Jersey home is the dining room. It has a lot of tile and this makes it feel a bit cold.  So what's a girl to do? You guessed it- add a fireplace.  


Graham found this fireplace surround at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore shop for a song. And that, as they say, was the beginning of it all. 



We took measurements of the dining room, decided on the scale we thought would be best for the space, and put it all down on paper. (When I say "we", I really mean Graham did it all. I was definitely there in spirit, just not in person. I think that counts, right?) The surround needed a few  minor repairs and some added wood trim, so we made a beeline for Home Depot. 



By the look on their faces, you can tell this is serious business. No goofing around. We found what we needed, cut it to size and headed out to get the stones for the hearth. Because this mantle is a little low, I decided to beef up the hearth to give it more presence in the room.


 I used six cap stones that were 16" x 16" each. I put three down first and three on top. Since we have a tile floor and these slabs weigh as much as a baby hippo, I didn't use any adhesive to attach them to the floor.


However, we did use adhesive to set the blue stone in place. I used a product called Liquid Nails. It holds like nobody's business. Use about this much - don't be shy about this part. ( You may have noticed I used the word "we" loosely again here when describing this step. Either that or I've grown 6 inches and lost 60 pounds. I'll let you decide.)


This is where I have to come clean. After all was said and done, I looked at the hearth and decided it was giving off too much of a presence. I took out the top row of the cap stones and like it sooo much better. So here is the hearth- Version 2.0 - all done. Ta Da!


Next on the list is to go over this baby with a fine tooth comb, filling in any nail holes or cracks with wood filler. Once that dries, I will give it a good sanding to make sure everything is nice and smooth. Stay tuned for the second part of this act. You won't want to miss how this project all turns out.


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