I am sure that we ALL do, because being home is like no other feeling in the world, right?……
But I am actually in love with my childhood home.
I love everything about it. The location, the square footage, the yard space. It is the perfect 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick home. My parents have been living there for well over 10 years and many renovations have taken place.
One of the largest renovations was when they decided to have the kitchen gutted a few years back. They installed slate flooring in the kitchen and had tons of it left over.
With that slate they asked my husband and I to redo their fireplace.
Here it is. Full brick, from the floor to the ceiling with that white wood banister. On each side is glass shelves, with mirror backing. Before snapping these pictures they had actually just put this TV up, And if you can see on the bottom flooring of the fireplace you will see the slate pieces that were used in the kitchen. They are 12x12 and very beautiful.
Inside this fireplace we have had many warm fires. I remember one winter there was a city wide snow storm that left us with no electricity for a few days. This fireplace was our main heat source. We thought it was the end of the world to not have power, but looking back on the memories these are the ones that I remember and enjoyed the most. Our family all cuddled in this one space, trying to keep warm together and make it through the storm.
And here is my husband preparing the brick for its redo.
My mother didn’t want to just lay the 12x12 tile on the fireplace. There was a commercial that she had been seeing on TV, a commercial about soap, cereal, makeup or something…. but the look for the fireplace was in the background of this commercial. Do you know how many commercials there are on TV? So there we were on YouTube, trying to find this commercial that she had seen. To our luck we found it! I don’t remember the commercial now, but here is a picture of the look she was going for.
You may have even seen that commercial…..
My husband and I then had to come up with a plan to
” Use what we had to get what we want.”
So we then took all of those 12x12 pieces and took a hammer to them to break them up. Then we (my husband) started to place them on the fireplace randomly here and there, until it was completed.
This is how it turned out, right before grouting it.
Isn’t it beautiful. You all should know by now that I have a thing for natural stone, and this stone is one of my favorites, so natural, so beautiful, so true. Each piece is like a fingerprint, and that in it self is "Amazingly Wonderful”.
Check back for the finished look and I may even sneak in a little house tour.