Friday, January 9, 2009

Our Fireplace.

Well, we finally finished redoing the fireplace. As you can see below, the house came with a brick fireplace and an uninteresting surround. The mantel was nice so we decided to keep it.



The new surround is all homemade, including the fluting and slate inserts. It was an interesting project that required me to learn some new wood working techniques. I am indebted to Bink for his tips on Making Grooves in Wood where I leanerd how to cut nice fluting and to This Old House for thier Easy Mantel Makeover where I got very useful tips on how to tile a fireplace surround with slate. More than these, I need to thank my neighbor, Don, because without his planer, I could not have achieved this look, and Jackie at Sherwin Williams, for his superb stain matching skills which allowed us to match the new woodwork with the original mantel stain color. 


Lew A said...

That looks really good!

Great job.


Evelyne Disseau said...

La mamma

Papà said...


è magnifico, non sono in grado di giudicare il lavoro, anche se mi sembra enorme, ma l’estetica è magnifica.



Mama said...

It is simply beautiful! I'm proud of you both. I can't wait to see it in person and enjoy a fire with you. Mama

Mama said...

Don't forget to translate your Mom's and Dad's comments for the rest of us!

Amber Bowen said...

Note: Any hiccups in the fine woodworking technique are due to Mael having to listen to me attempt to speak in Italian while he was working.

Looks beautiful!!!

Maël said...


It's Magnificent!
La mamma

My Compliments,

It's magnificent, I am not able to judge the work, even though it seems enormous, but the aesthetic is magnificent.



Maël said...

Thanks everyone!

It was a lot of work, especially for someone with little woodworking experience like me, but it was fun and the results were encouraging.

Amber, what do you mean woodworking hiccups? What are trying to imply? ;-)

Bonnie said...

I am so jealous, it looks amazing! I can't wait to have a house to tear apart and make my own.

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