Inspiration for our Fireplace Makeover

Monday, August 19, 2013

Last week, I shared the progress that we've made on our mantle so far. I last left you with this:

The current look is SO much better than the 'Before', but we still have a lot that we want to do. I would really like to add more "oomph" to our mantle, along with a different brick color. The final touches will be the decorations, which I am pumped to play around with!

Here are some of my favorite images that have been inspiring our fireplace makeover.

Edie's fireplace is beautiful, and I love the touch of color she added. It's colonial and classic with a twist and the columns on either side of the firebox are perfection.

I LOVE this image. Those built-ins? Ahhh. Another classic, beautiful fireplace. I love the wainscoting above the mantle--this might happen to ours as well.

The hearth height in this image is just like ours, and again, I love the classic columns and wainscoting.

Another option we've been discussing is to make a mantle with distressed or reclaimed wood to add some depth and texture. I love the look of this driftwood mantle. This whole room is so whimsical and light--perfection!

Here is another great painted mantle with a twist on the classic look. I also really love the white painted brick, but I'm not positive I would love it on our fireplace. Thoughts?

Last but not least is this beautiful cottage-style mantle. I know that everyone is doing these wood planks, and with good reason--the look is truly beautiful and timeless! This would definitely add a lot of height and character to our living room if we went in this direction.

So what do you think? There are so many great looks with mantles, and it is SO hard to narrow it down to just one!

Have a wonderful day!


  1. Beautiful inspirational pics. I'm sure you'll come up with something awesome, the progress already looks great! I've always wanted a fireplace - but I guess we really don't need them here in hot Florida :(

    1. Thank you, Amanda! Haha, I know, I'm kind of shocked we have them in Texas, but I guess it gets plenty cold for about 3 months of the year to use them. Our new fireplace is wood burning too, which is messier but I LOVE because of the crackling sound and smell it has!

  2. Nice inspirations! I’m positive you’ll end up with one fantastic fireplace too! Are you working with a contractor? I hope you consider calling them for faster and better renovations. Just explain to them your desired results and they’ll work wonders. :)


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