Shannon Berrey

The Fireplace redo: Before

Monday, June 18, 2012

When we moved into our new home 5+ years ago, there were things we wanted to redo immediately and things that would get redone in time. One of the areas that we felt was on the back burner was the fireplace.


Not horrible, but I knew it could be better. I really don't prefer a corner fireplace {on a porch I don't mind so much}, but that could not be changed. Every client I have worked with that is building a new home, has requested a stone fireplace. It's rustic and lends itself perfectly to our mountains. 

I also don't mind faux stone. I really like the kind that I used around my kitchen island. But, like in most everything, there is good faux and there is bad faux. What I had around my fireplace was a faux stone facade. It was literally a bunch of thin peachy colored faux stone that was glued too far apart onto a piece of plywood. The plywood was screwed onto the drywall. From the sides, you could easily see the edge of the plywood. Yuck.


I had enough stone left over from my island project that I could remove my facade and redo the fireplace with it. I really have always thought that this is what I would do, when I could find the time to do it. But, to be honest, after overseeing the intall of so many stone fireplaces throughout the years, recently, I decided that I really wanted something different in my house.

I loved the patinaed metal surround that we did in the Clubhouse at Bear Lake Reserve. But, I am a bit too traditional in my decorating to make this feel right in my own home.  

Then I saw this picture of a salvaged wood wall that was featured at Apartment Therapy many years back. Bingo!!

I went to the source-lumberjocks to gain info on how he created this. He explained that he attached his wood to the wall with a hot glue gun {??!!} I knew that I would have to tweak this application to use around a hot fireplace. But we were up for the task!

Tomorrow I will show you our finished fireplace!


I have been invited over to The Painted Home today to show you the innards of my Beach Bag. If you would like a closer look, please jump over and visit.

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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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