I love a 70’s ranch style home as much as the next interior design junkie. I see potential every where I look. They usually have beautiful deep moldings, hand blown light fixtures, large lots with mature landscaping and previously installed wood floors buried under four inches of shag carpeting. Another thing most all of them have in common is a red brick fireplace. If you are really unlucky, they also come with at least three walls of wood paneling. Mom, I’m talking to you too. Are you reading this?
The first thing I think of when consulting with a client about a fireplace makeover is lightening up the space. This is especially true if wood paneling is involved. There are lots of fabulous products on the market for professional faux finishers that can transform just about any surface. Without any demolition, we are able to work over top of the existing structure to create a totally new look. Here are some before and after photos of a recently completed fireplace that we faux finished to look like french limestone.
Here is a fireplace that we faux finished right over top of Hardie backer board.
This is a fireplace by my facebook and twitter friend, Darrell Morrison.
He’s got a cool video HERE on his site that shows the process from start to finish. He is doing some amazing work in Vancover.
So, when you think fireplace update, don’t think demolition, think “makeover”.