Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fireplace Remodel is Finally Complete!

Our fireplace remodel is finally complete so here is a little tour of our living room.  And a picture of the fireplace before and after.  It was converted from wood-burning to gas.  Much more light in the living room now!

A little close-up
And going to the left - the valances in the living room are made from tobacco sticks and wood with a fabric insert

To the right of the picture below is the door to the kitchen - the art piece is some sort of gaming antique with a VERY loud clacker
This is the foyer on the left side of the front door

And then the rug hooked picture as you turn towards the hall - with a snoozing Shadow below

To the left of the hall - this is an old painter's ladder that I painted multiple shades - next to the chair is a vintage wooden wagon that Jack gave me on our first Christmas together 31 years ago; the gumball machine in the wagon holds marbles

Sorry this one is a wee bit blurry but I just love the artist who painted and collaged these pictures and have collected a few over the years

Hope you enjoyed the tour!


  1. Hi Jill, loved the fireplace transformation! And the valence made from tobacco sticks....genious and beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend.

  2. I am jumping up and down while clapping. Well done I say!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. oh my your fire place transformation is very lovely. I bet you just smile every day when you look at it. Thank you for the tour.

  4. Oh I do like that fireplace; very nicely done. As to tobacco sticks...I remember those from teenage summers working on the farm. Glad to see you blogging again, Jill; you've been missed.

  5. I love the fireplace transformations! You did great. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  6. Oh, Jill! You did a great job!!!

    May I ask you how you got your stonework to look that way? Is that a mortar wash of some sort? I might want to try this on our brick. We are STILL renovating, and I am still MIA from blogging. I hope to come back in the not too distant future.

    Sending hugs,

    Sheila :-)

    1. Sheila do you mean the original slate stonework? Lord knows - we bought the house and it was that way. It was some type of black mortar between the slate (and not done well - some was on the ceiling, etc.). I hated it for all the years we had it before we changed it. And it made the living room so dark because we don't have many windows at all. So the slate was ripped out completely and we actually put up flooring - it looks like whitewashed old wood but really isn't - less expensive, easier to put up, and looks just like wood. The mantel is an old timber. The brown around the fireplace is actually porcelain tile that looks exactly like wood.

  7. I can continue perusing this blog like until the end of time.


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