In my last basement renovation post I shared a picture of the fireplace area all dry-walled and looking ready for
lanterns and baskets finishing materials.
To save a large chunk of $$$ we decided to use the existing gas stove. Even with some inspiration pictures I was having a hard time visualizing what the area would look like with tile and a fireplace mantel.
|Left: A Beautiful Mess, Right: Unknown|
Layla from The Lettered Cottage, who is pretty much a decorating and Photoshop genius, helped me visualize everything when she took my above picture and photo-shopped it into something from my dreams. #allthehearteyes
|Source: The Lettered Cottage|
She was able to use images of our tile selections to help us see how they would all work together. We chose three large 24" x 24" porcelain tiles for the hearth. In the fireplace box we chose the same tile but in a mosaic pattern. We were also required to have tile around the front of the fireplace wall so I chose three large, wood-look floor tiles to make it look like wooden planks.
|Ceregres - Wood 2 Collection - Dust - Size 24" x 24"|
|Ceregres - Wood 2 Collection - Dust - Size 12" x 24" Mosaic Sheets|
|Ceregres - ECollection - Ibirapuera Patina - Size 8" x 48"|
I really loved how Layla's inspiration picture had wood planks / panels covering the entire wall with a simple mantle / ledge. So we went for it! Oh, except I used horizontal planks instead of vertical! Here is where we are at as of this morning. Keep in mind that we still need to add trim around the floor tile, trim around the plank wall, and we still need to add a mantel with corbels.
Let's take a look at the before, before pictures just for fun.
Original Basement Photo:
And here are the side-by-side progress photos:
Well, there you have it. This ten year (okay, six year) basement renovation is so close to being done. I've got some mantel ideas that I'd love to share soon. Does this mean that I'm back to blogging?!?