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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Fireplace Transformation

The fireplace in our family room has undergone several transformation over the years.    I don't have a pic of the original look,   but it was BLACK lava rock that made the room very dark!   The builder never put a mantel on the fireplace and I can understand why after messing with it over the years.    That rock is hard to drill into and is beyond uneven.   Painting the rock white was one of the first things done....then H tried to create a mantel on that uneven!  

We probably should have built a faux front over the entire fireplace with sheet rock and started from scratch,   but we didn't!     H placed a board on pedestals and made me a free standing mantel and I have loved the look for many years.    Recently though,   I decided I was tired of it and started planning how to give it a fresh look.    

The makeover was done with all materials that I had on hand!    The vintage fireplace was in one of the guest bedrooms.   the porch posts were being used to mount birdhouses in the backyard,   the screen is one that I've had for years and it was in front of the faux fireplace on the back porch.   Now I don't have a screen for that fireplace,   but I'm sure I will think of something to use.    H had taken the shutters down from the front porch several weeks ago and I hadn't found a new home for them yet

I used all my parts just as they came to me......some were very weathered and others had been painted and distressed by!

Can you tell which pieces were weathered and which were distressed?

So,   could you tell? 
 My new fireplace is definitely a marriage of many different components and textures.....and I am just quirky enough that I love the way it looks! 

I think you have all thought that our fireplace  was fake since I put a drape that looked like faux farmhouse doors over the front of it when I created one of it's many makeovers.      It actually is a gas fireplace that we seldom use since the weather is so mild here in Eastern New Mexico......

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me today!



  1. Bonjour,

    Une très belle transformation et un cadre apaisant.

    gros bisous

  2. I really like that you put the pillars at each end, it gives it a more balanced look. Love the distressed look.

  3. Penny!!
    LOVE the new look!! Stunning!! You will have so much fun decorating this "new" fireplace!! Looking forward to seeing it all too!!

  4. That is such a great improvement and really unique with all the parts you already had available.
    I love the look!

  5. I really like the make over. I thought it was a fake fireplace. Much cleaner look.

  6. Penny, you are always putting us all to shame, coming up with such great ideas and working with what you have. Great success here! Hugs, Sandi

  7. Your fireplace is beautiful and I never realized it is free-standing. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.


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