You might all remember my parents kitchen makeover that I posted about a few months ago, seen here. I considered it my first large interior design project since the project included a renovation, not just paint colors and decor. I was finally able to source out materials and make BIG changes to the space. It. Was. Awesome.
During the kitchen reno, we also worked on the renovation of the entire 1st floor. Along with the kitchen, we re-designed the living room, dining room, piano room and entryway. Over the next 2 weeks I will be posting about their new living room, but today I want to focus on their fireplace makeover.
Here is the before and after (Note: the before is from the previous owner).
Most of the 1st floor had unpainted trim, so the 1st step was to paint out all the trim white. And of course, the fireplace was no exception. The moulding on the fireplace was gorgeous, so I didn’t want to alter any of the wood work.
The biggest change you will notice is that stunning tile work. I chose a 1×3 inch marble tile with a herringbone pattern. It had a mesh backing and is typically seen in back splashes. Using this material on a fireplace is not standard, but I wanted something different. The contractors were a bit hesitant since they had never done this on a fireplace (and they even tried to talk my mom out of it), but they were very impressed once they started laying the tile. The installation was harder than anticipated, but it was SO worth it in the end!
As you can see, we brought the tile work all the way down to the hearth. We were originally going to use 12×12 marble slabs rather than the herringbone tiles, but my mom loved the look so much that she asked if we could use it throughout. I loved the idea because I LOVE the herringbone, so of course I was on board.
So what do you all think?? I am completely in love with the look and SO happy with how it all turned out. My parents really love it too which is what matters most. I hope to see you all back again this week with more updates from my parents makeover!!