I really hope this works out. Do you ever start a project with that sentence? Because we really love this idea that I saw and thought it would be perfect for our small front room. We are going to add a fireplace! An electric fireplace. With a full brick surround and wood mantle. Eeekkkk! I am so excited! When we moved into this home 3 years ago I looked into adding a fireplace and it was over 5,000 to do it. And not to mention we would have to add gas to our home to get a gas fireplace. Which would be nice, but not ready to fully commit to this house. So very excited to attempt this electric fireplace. I really hope this works out.
The idea came to me when I saw a blog post from Chris Loves Julia. They added an electric fireplace to their master bedroom. It turned out beautiful! I thought, wait we could do that! I really had never thought of that before. I always thought they looked cheesy, until I saw their makeover. (You can see their post HERE). While I really love the look of their fireplace, it might be too modern for our 1950’s home. So going for a slightly different look.
Above is the area we are going to add the fireplace. I tapped off the space to visually see where the fireplace will go. Taping it off helps to much to know the scale. We ordered THIS Wood Mantle, you can see it leaning against the wall. Considering leaving it natural, as is. What do you think?? Also the bright will go floor to ceiling.
Also going to paint this room- which will lead to eventually painting the entire house. If you give a mouse a cookie. Right?
We had that white secretary desk on that wall. I realized that we weren’t really using the secretary desk as a work space. And there isn’t a lot in that desk either. We could easily find a home for the items that were in the desk. The scale also bothered me. It felt off, but wanted to get something that was practical. My friend bought the secretary desk and is going to put it in her daughters room (I will share her room soon too!).
I just have to show you what we had on this wall when we moved in. SO BIG! I have talked about this before. But it is worth mentioning how important it is to get the right things for the home not make things work from a previous home. It took me awhile to let that tall sideboard go. I thought I “needed” all that storage and it was one of my favorite pieces of furniture. But look at us now- we will have nothing on that wall for storage! We made some other smart changes in our home so that is how we can go from all that to nothing.
I have always been in love with painted brick. I said if we get a new home then I would put in brick and paint it white. I love the texture.
Painted Brick Fireplace Inspiration-
Outdoor Fireplace (source)
Brick Fireplace (source) black hearth
Notice how the actual fireplace in the above picture is not to the ground? I *think* that is what we are going to do. Rather than the picture above it with the hearth. Not going to add a heart. (White Brick Fireplace source)
Let’s hope this works out! If not this is the end of the story.
Just kidding. It will be great. We have someone coming to help us with it tomorrow! I will report back hopefully soon.
THIS Wood Mantle
THIS Electric Fireplace we ordered