Last winter my crazy husband started ripping down all the ceiling tiles and drywall in our sorta finished recroom in the basement (read that post here) because he didn't like how it was wired or insulated. The basement was super ugly and did need a makeover but I didn't think it would be getting a complete overhaul.
In my last post I didn't show you the ugly fireplace wall that I not so secretly hated. The below photo is from the house listing. Before we moved in, we had to remove the wood-burning stove. We wanted to keep the charm from the original house so instead of replacing it with a gas insert we replaced it with a similar looking gas stove.
|Eeeek! So ugly!|
Alex just finished chipping all of those bricks off the wall and fireplace surround. Apparently they were hard to get off.
It was my job this weekend to start figuring out how we're going to finish off our new improved fireplace.
My idea is to find an old salvaged mantle kind of like these to place around the fire opening:
I was also hoping to have some brick surrounding the opening where the stove will sit, kind of like these pictures (imagine a stove sitting in the centre):
The basement has been destroyed for so long that it's exciting to start planning ways to put it back together.
I've got my eye on two stores down south that could possibly have a mantle for us:
Artefacts in St. Jacobs, Ontario
Legacy in Cobourg, Ontario
Hmmmm, maybe a roadtrip to visit these two stores soon? Hee, hee, hee....... :)