Thursday, September 30, 2010

before & after

remember this post? well, as part of what i'm now going to dub "the great house renovation of 2010", steve and i gutted our fireplace and redesigned it. here's the before once again. i hated everything about it. the so-called mantle was extremely narrow, so you could barely rest anything on it. forget about decorating it for the holidays. there was no room. i hated the inset. i hated the moulding. i hated the boring, beige tile. did i mention i hated everything about it. oh yea, there were silver louvers surrounding the firebox (we took them off before i took this photo). i hated those too.

before

and tada, the after!
steve designed and built the mantle. i painted it in urbane bronze by sherwin williams. it's also the trim color on the outside of our house. i love it. this was our first attempt at laying tile and grouting. the tile is a mosaic made of glass and marble. we changed the silver louvers to black. and steve took out the inset in the wall above the mantle. it's so much more substantial now.
i think it's much more "pacific northwest". and it better suits our style and the style of the house.


and here's one more look of the before and after, side by side.
what do you think?

9 comments:

D.B. said...

Oh wow! Job well done my friend! I also love Urbane Bronze but ALL the changes you and Steve made are wonderful. I want a photo tour of the entire house when 2010 is over.

Brittany said...

it is awesome!! i LOVE the new fireplace! fantastic job!

elizabeth said...

that is fabulous! love the gray and black. you guys are good!!!

Millie said...

Bravo to you both, it's a truly gorgeous transformation!
Millie ^_^

jacjewelry said...

The new look is awesome!

kathy said...

I love it!

Anonymous said...

Pam, you and Steve outdid yourselves. I can't believe it is in the same house! Can't wait until Don and I visit to really see your changes. Lori

quadracool said...

I LOVE IT!

Man, you missed your calling as a interiorarchitectdesigner person :) I love all of your transformations!

pam@pixelimpress said...

thanks for the comments, everyone! glad you all liked it. it really has changed the entire space.

d.b. yes, photo tour coming up soon!

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