Well, it’s the last day of 2012.  I seriously can’t believe how fast this year has gone by.  We’ve got a nearly complete year and nearly complete fireplace.  Though we did deviate from our original plan.  Ben added the border trim and we decided to k.i.s.s.; keep it simple, silly.


Down the road, if we feel the need to add more trim, we can.  I spent a few days sanding, priming, and painting the beast.

New Fireplace Surround Overall

The front, mantel, hearth, and both sides have simple 1/4 inch thick by 2 1/2 inch wide trim around the edges.

New Fireplace Surround to Hall

Once the paint cures, I can start decorating.  Eek, I’m so excited.  We’re still not sure exactly what large item we want above.  Maybe a mirror, but I’m leaning toward a long, lean art piece.

New Fireplace Surround from Side

And then I can add accessories to the mantel.  For now though, we’re just happy to have a more functional, brighter, cleaner (and easier to clean!) fireplace.  Black hole, no longer.

New Fireplace Surround Mantel Detail

Next up, sealing the slate, then grout.  And then we can cross this make over off our list.

How did 2012 treat you?  Any big life changes for you?  Moving to the mountain house was our biggest change.  And one we didn’t expect a year ago.  Heck, this time last year we were mid kitchen remodel.

28 thoughts on “Surrounded

    1. Hi Karyl!

      Thanks! I’ll definitely spill the beans when we get it finished. It’s not a big project, so it should be soon. Actually waiting for paint to cure right now! 🙂


  1. Wow! It’s gorgeous! Great work! Please go for art ~ mirrors above fireplaces only reflect your ceiling when viewed from living room seating ~ I just don’t get the trend for mirrors above mantels! Happy New Year!

  2. 2012 didn’t have too many changes but 2013 promises to be full of them. We are getting ready to move across the country to our new house in the mountains where we will all be seeing snow for the first time. I will also watch my oldest graduate high school and go off to college. Exciting!!

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