MASTER // FIREPLACE // DURING
So here’s a little plot twist.
The first fireplace fix, we removed the top layer of tile, but not the second, not knowing previous remodels had just tiled right over this beautiful original ironwork. By the second fireplace, we knew better, removing something like 3 layers of tile before hitting the bottom, exposing and then honoring that original ironwork.
For the third and final fireplace, we figured we’d have a similar situation, but the demo revealed something different: original bluestone that creates the foundation to the entire fireplace. It’s clear that, over the years (we found at least 4 different paint colors, including some celadon green that was clearly from the 20s or 30s, wild!) in attempting a more traditional mantle, they built over the bluestone and added a base frame around it with some (pretty shoddy) bandaid-style filler.
There was a really bad shiny black textured tile around the fireplace, and some huge grey marble tiles cut and arranged sort of oddly beneath. Frankly anything would be an improvement on the shiny black tile.
This is the grey marble we bought to retile it, but we’re going to go a different route entirely and try and restore the bluestone. Crisp, modern, and original.