Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fireplace Challenge Part 1

Jason is making progress with the fireplace!  I requested that it be completed by the time our holiday guests arrive, and he is rising to the challenge!    

We had all the materials needed for this project left over from previous projects (excluding the tile), but the axiom is still true:  every project requires the purchase of a new tool.  This time we bought a sledgehammer!   To install the hearth tile, we first had to remove inches of cement mortar.  Jason and I hammered it out with a crowbar and sledgehammer last Friday.  I had forgotten how much I love construction dust.  
Next, Jason created a level surface on which to lay the tile backer board.  As you know, he is very particular, so this had to be exactly level and triple fortified.  He used plywood and 2x4 pieces from our previous demolition.  
Tile installation!  Jason says it was MUCH easier than the backsplash tile that took him days to complete.  
And the finished product!  We chose a slate and glass tile mosaic.  
The glass pieces are brown and reflect light from the fire when it is turned on.  
We are so pleased with the result!  The fireplace is looking so much better, but now we need a new mantle.  We have some ideas from Marianne's boyfriend Michael, who happens to be a very talented carpenter.  Stay tuned for news about that; the challenge deadline will be here soon!  Doesn't my living room look warm and cozy?  My mom made a third stocking for Grace and all three are truly works of art.    Love!
What do you think of our new living room set up?  This is the only way we could figure it out with a Christmas tree involved.  We aren't sure if we prefer it but it is kind of fun to have it be different.


  1. The finished tiles look wonderful! Pristine work from Jason, as usual. :)

  2. Looks so homey, I can't wait to get there for Christmas!