Before & After: A Surprising Fireplace Reveal

Home Modern

Something about making over a fireplace always seems daunting to me. I think it's all the tile or brick work that makes me feel I should leave it to a professional, but after seeing Heather's surprisingly smart and simple fireplace facelift at Home Modern I'm gonna take a deeper look at it from now on.

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Since Heather's home was built in 1909 she knew that the fireplace that came with the house was an obvious remodel and decided to start chipping away at it to take a peek at what was underneath. To her delight she fell in love with the original charming tile that she uncovered below the surface. After having her way at it with a chisel, rubber mallet and some elbow grease she found herself with a brand new dramatic fireplace that seems to have inspired the entire rest of the room. I think this is a great lesson that a look into the past may be just the thing you need to ensure a bright and beautiful future. Great job Heather!

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See the rest of Heather's fireplace makeunder at Home Modern.

Images: Home Modern & Design Sponge

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.