Basement Fireplace Update - Tiles, Planks, and a Stair Railing

Saturday, January 7, 2017

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. 

Inspiration pictures: 

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. 

Basement Progress
Can you hear me singing?!?

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?!?

:)

28 comments:

  1. OMG it looks soooo great!!!

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  2. You are back!!! Basement is looking wonderful. Tons of space for you to decorate and the kids to enjoy. S

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  3. That's amazing looking from before to after! Great work!

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  4. Yes, I hope so! OH MY GOODNESS! I was shocked at how seriously awesome it looks with the planks, tile, floors. And then to compare it to what it was...WOW!! You guys should be so stinkin' proud of what you have accomplished. It is so bright and cheerful and beautiful!

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    1. I am soooooo excited to get the mantel up! Alex is finishing up the trim this afternoon and I think the mantel is next. Yeahhhhhhh!

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  5. Welcome back! We have missed you! That basement is so light and bright you wouldn't think it was a basement! It is going to be beautiful when it is done. Great job.
    Kelly

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  6. Wow...and Wow! You two are transforming this basement into an extraordinary family room. It's really impressive. Cheers, Ardith P.S. Thank you for returning to blogging.

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    1. Cheers to you too, Ardith! And thank you. :)

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  7. I'm sure you had a good reason but I loved that beam and I see you painted it white��
    It's an amazing transformation! So cozy and. beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Ashley!!! It does feel so cozy down there, especially for a basement.

      So, the wood beam. It was actually a faux beam covering up some duct work. In one of the photos you can see that we left some space on the opposite wall because I really, really wanted two matching beams going along the ceiling. But, Alex couldn't find the right size / thickness of wood that we would need and after 3 trips to the hardware store he was really frustrated because it was holding him up finishing up the drywall and moving on to mudding / sanding. Since this reno took way longer than either of us wanted we decided to nix the faux beam idea and just drywall over the duct work to speed everything along. It would have looked really cool though, I agree. Sniff sniff. :)

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  8. I love it!!!! And I have missed your blog posts!!! Please say you are back!

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  9. This looks fantastic Sarah!! I love how it's coming together - so light and bright - it doesn't look like a basement at all. And yay for your blogging return - I have missed your posts!

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  10. Betsy KennedyJanuary 09, 2017

    Wow! That is some transformation - I love it!! Can't wait to see it finished and decorated. And yes, please be back to blogging ;)

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  11. You and your husband are doing such a GREAT job on your renovations. I love watching the rooms unfold and for the inspiration you provide! We too have a fixer upper and we too seem to be doing it in bits and pieces. I feel like we work hard for a few months, then life happens and you don't do anything, then things quiet down and we are back at it again. I love the lightness you brought to the basement and the simplicity. My husband just ripped up our basement carpet (the most disgusting orange and brown carpet you can imagine, making your before photo look like a dream) and we are contemplating what to do with flooring. Can I ask what flooring you chose? We thought about acid staining the concrete, but are weighing other options and I really like the look of your flooring.

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    1. HI! It's so nice to hear that other people work as slowly as we do. :)

      So for the flooring, I 100% LOVE IT. I wasn't a fan of the idea at first, I wanted to be a hardwood floor snob. After installing it in the basement I've totally changed my mind. I really, truly love them. They are soft underfoot, they are nice and warm, and they are really durable. We have not a single scratch from the dogs yet.

      The floors we used were Reclaime in the Mocha Oak color. I wrote a bit about our flooring choice in this post, I hope it helps! It has a link, etc.
      http://www.cozycottagecute.com/2014/03/laminate-flooring-samples-for-basement.html

      Good luck! :)

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    2. Thank you! I was poking around the site and didn't see anything. I feel the same way about laminate. We are going back and forth on what to do, but I can tell my husband is getting anxious to do something soon. This helps us with our decision making!

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  12. how cool is that gas stove!! awesome!

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  13. That's an amazing transformation! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Wow! What a transformation. That is beautiful. Makes me wish I had a basement to remodel! Haha! I am new to the blogging world and would love it if you have a moment to stop by mine. :) Clicking the follow button as soon as I am done leaving this comment! Have a great day!

    Chasity (Bluecottagefarmhouse.com)

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  15. Welcome back. Loooooove it. So glad to see the progress. And I love how long its taken. It gives me hope for my own projects. :) Donna from Australia.

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  16. I really hope that is what it means. I love your blog!

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  17. nice post... it's very inspiring,

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