I Love the plaster .however the proportion of the mantel feels old fashioned and wrong to me .. one option already mentioned is no mantel at all which I like. … A fireplace in a bedroom, bathroom or outdoors definitely feels like a luxury, but in my opinion it is a luxury we all adore! I love that you worked with it and made it into something so beautiful. Cover it up with framing and drywall. Please don’t paint over the stone/plaster. PLEASE do not stain those ceilings black or paint the stone!!! *(P.S. Allow the stone to dry before using the electric sander to gently buff out stains. See how everything looks when the room is fully furnished at least. But I’d like to see you go a deeper direction on something new. Ah – just realised it was the black ceiling you were using as a reference point in that last photo! I tried to brighten it with a mirror and art, but no luck. Just goes to show some small changes can have real impact. How to Precast a Stone Fireplace. Basically Emo Vaguely Danish Emily is an interesting concept for all of us to watch. I haven’t even seen the dried rock in person. No, don’t do anything with the ceiling right now. The restyled fireplace looks classic and natural with a touch of Old World charm. You nailed that fireplace! Why? However, their selection of a stack stone pattern was a little concerning. I can’t wait to see it in person and feel good about it. Holy Schmoley, that looks perfect! We sourced a faux finisher from LA but didn’t find anyone who had this in their portfolio who was affordable. Spray the stones with a vinegar and water solution. You 10000% fixed the fireplace and made it look like a timeless cabin, now onto the next thing. Allow the surface to dry. Love the fireplace schmear! It looks so much better than white or black. Anything contrasting seems like a no, you want something to just blend in. 1. I love all the mountain house content and wish you could share even more about it – this whole series has been fantastic. Everything from Restoration Hardware since they became RH is so big, so heavy, so clunky. 2. Sep 17, 2015 - Explore Karen Ellard's board "Refinishing Fireplaces" on Pinterest. I have a stone-faced fireplace too, but I don't have that odd arch you do. It looks rough, messy, organic and shallow. When it comes to fireplace installation, Stone Guys is … What is your gut feeling on the mantel finish? And the expense? The project has to keep moving and frankly I was skeptical that ANYONE could give me the fireplace that I loved, so what did I have to lose? I thought after the plaster dried it would be my favorite but at least from the photo, I’m unsure. Perhaps this could be the answer? Too matchy. Please no. Reducing the amount of … . While we were up there, we were playing with wood options for bedroom ceilings and kitchen cabinets. However, the hallmark mountain fireplace is more than accessible, and the traditional stacked stone design is most certainly guaranteed to transport you in its own right. You can have a large piece of limestone cut into the shape of the current wood mantle. Love the idea of trying to make something to blend with the stone of the fireplace – maybe something plastered with the schmear or a mantel veneered with a matching stone, that will look like just a big chunk of stone (the kind I remember them using on This Old House to make outdoor stairs out of – they would just take a big chunk of grey granite that was like 10 inches high and use it for a stair step – that always amazed me). You voted for us to ‘work’ with the fireplace rock instead of demo-ing it out and starting fresh, perhaps opting for our dream stone or a totally new design (see this post for reference). Too cold and concrete like. 1.) Just my two cents. Since completing this job I have had so many inquiries about the process used to transform this fireplace. (Not painted stone). Did you mean black “ceiling” for the Bat Cave comment? I agree with all the points made here. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Oh – and I forgot to add – I’m pretty sure the last picture isn’t painted stone! Have you considered a single piece of limestone for a mantle? I had a “yes” moment with that and the darker grey flooring. Slowly pour water into the stucco mix on one side and mix it with a hoe. Sep 17, 2015 - Explore Karen Ellard's board "Refinishing Fireplaces" on Pinterest. This fireplace is one that we also liked that seemed more achievable. A white painted floor would set off the modern look and make the ceiling look better too. And you may have searched for HOURS online and on Pinterest trying to find a good way to update it without turning your house into a construction zone. It looks lovely as is. No I was talking about the painted stone! I vote “don’t paint it.” I also think the idea of a black stained ceiling is intriguing! Here is how it looked before it dried completely when we left last Friday: DEFINITELY better than the before. I love it. My device for writing this comment absolutely detested my use of the word “schmeared” which leads me to believe it detests it, however I do not, so I persisted.). But seeing the work complete – booom! An – NO – please do not stain the ceiling black!!! Or will you go down the cast iron route? And the whole point of a mountain cabin is lots of wood tones so please oh please don’t paint that ceiling. But that’s my gut feel. Scrub the surface with a stiff-bristle scrub brush. I have never been able to decorate it. More involved fireplace makeovers might incorporate a lightweight masonry product called manufactured veneer stone, perfect for do-it-yourself work. I have to admit I’m fearless when it comes to painting brick or stone. 2. It could be that for months, we were saying the exciting phrase “German Schmear” all day, every day when we could have been just saying “plaster”, but where’s the fun in that. Hi Erin I like the white option or the black option for the mantle. Over the years these components can get damaged, wear out or no longer fall within modern code requirements. So if you want the fireplace to stand out, make the surrounding area recede with a mild color, and the fireplace a contrasting color. That’s exactly what I was suggesting – just couldn’t remember the ‘Cotswold’ part! And that’s for $1000. I can’t wait to see the whole house! It would make the fireplace feel more rustic and at the same time modern. LOVE the fireplace! It would coordinate without matching the dark cabinets you’re planning. It’ll pick up the black in the mantel and really ground the space. We used some on our slate tile backsplash and it really darkened it while also bringing out the texture and depth of the stone. Ha! I agree! MEDIUM WOOD TONE MANTEL. Mantle colours: nothing strikes me as right. You did such an amazing job and this is actually an attainable solution for many people’s not-quite-right fireplaces. as you can imagine, he thinks our whole social media experiment and how we create all this ridiculous on-camera Insta storyiPhonee content is HILARIOUS and is always like “Well, have you asked that audience yet”…SUCH a good sport. That is how we design, by the way. Worst case was that we would plaster it over, dislike the color and then paint it white. When we bought this house, it just didn’t feel right for the style that we were going for. The “schmear” took away all the dated 80s vibes and really brought out the classic cabin look. The reason is that once we removed the original stove, we realized our box was completely intact. I love the color & love the texture of the stone now! Obviously, we would seal it but I wanted to show you how pretty the grain is in person, even painted. Black ceiling? For the mantel, go with a wood tone. dreamy. But I’m sure you’ll figure out something pretty! We didn’t seal it so the grain seeped through (despite 3 coats). As fall approaches, I am looking forward to wood fires in our newly updated fireplace. If you are looking for a unique and cost effective way to change the colors and appearance of your fireplace brick or stone, Brick Transformers has the solution. At first I didn’t know what the fuss was about: sure, the fireplace had this 80′ vibe, but I liked it better than your dream fireplace nevertheless:D. I show a LOT of ugly houses. Think about that x10 (or more) for your ceiling – always hovering over you like the ghost of Christmas Future while your visitors inwardly duck and cringe at the feel it gives a previously lovely place. I would then re-assemble or box up the two sides, which would be nice and square to make fitting easier when returned to the property. This is the original reclaimed wood in its natural form. Listen, the chances are 2% that it’s something we would actually do out of sheer fear of permanence. It was more monochromatic and natural, less “rock, grout, rock, grout.”. You 10000% fixed the fireplace and made it look like a timeless cabin, now onto the next thing. I think that would give you a nice mix of finishes and colors that are slightly outside (but adjacent to) your preferred palette and still cozy and modern at the same time. 3. If anything, paint or stain the wood or vary your flooring. Mantle – When you added the darker floor color (with your light ceilings), I was attracted to a mantle that was on the darker side (vs the lighter ceiling color family). Well done on working with what you have and being an inspiration with a small budget! This week I thought it would be fun to share some […] I'm Jen. The black and stone combination gives the fireplace refacing an upscale look and feel. (Although that doesn’t bother me at this point at all). And the expense to fix it after? And you may have looked at pictures of painted stone that looks, well... painted, and thrown your hands up saying you would rather have a…, 35 Classy Painted Brick Fireplaces Ideas To Try This Month. Overall, I’m pretty darn happy that in one day and with $1k (including materials), we transformed that very controversial fireplace into one that is super appropriate for our mountain house. (Is this the correct definition for a schmear? GRAY MANTEL. Sara even put our flooring sample on the floor so we could see how that works with things (don’t judge the wood flooring; it’s BEAUTIFUL in person but we had to stretch a tiny sample to fill that triangle portion of the floor). I like how it looks right now, but if Emily wants it lighter I think it would look better to cover the stones with moore plaster than to paint them. I’m pretty into it!! I like the black stain for the mantel the best. What a difference a schmear makes! Looks so good! 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