The 70's faux lava rock fireplace that currently resides in our living room.
As you can see, it's pretty, um, monstrous.
And doesn't really fit with the light and airy contemporary feeling we're striving for in the rest of the house.
This question of what, if anything, we are to do with our ginormous fireplace has been on our minds for, oh, a few months...
So we've been looking for examples of what we could do. Well, besides rip all the stones out and start from scratch... which would be do-able, but we think we would run into potential problems with the flooring around the fireplace - considering that when we installed the new laminate wood flooring (click here to read more about why we chose laminate wood), Tom had to meticulously custom cut each and every single piece to fit the jagged edges of the rocks on the fireplace.
At some points, he even had to chisel some of the rock away (crazy, huh?). So our concern would be that with a new, more modern fireplace (which probably wouldn't have a hearth at the bottom), how would we handle the flooring?
Yeah, we have no idea.
Plus replacing the whole fireplace would probably take plenty of time and money. We have plenty of time (well, not lately - but we do have some on the weekends!), but if you know us, you know that we're DIYing this house on the cheap (and "on the cheap" does not mean we're skimping on quality, either!).
So what does that leave us with?
This photo isn't a direct one of the painted lava rock fireplace, but you can just barely see it in the reflection of the mirror on the left.
Okay, so this one technically isn't a painted lava rock fireplace, but it's still a painted rock fireplace - so that counts in my book!
Here's a good inspiration one. This fireplace is, well, pretty large - larger than ours. But painting it still definitely updates it (as you can see in the before and after photos), although I think the look would've been pulled off better with a lighter shade of paint on the walls. But you know - you get the point, right?
And there is one more option we've been considering, and I have to admit that it's my favorite.
It involves plaster and then paint. Check out this before and after:
Pretty amazing, huh? I love the contemporary and airy vibe in the after photos. You can see why it's my fave, right?
So we're interested in your thoughts. If you were in our shoes, what would you do? Would you leave the fireplace alone? Would you rip it out and start over from scratch? Or would you paint, or go the plaster-and-then-paint route?
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