This project has taken parts of several Fridays. A reminder of where we started with the fireplace, the hearth spanned the whole family room, wall to door. Wonderful and I went back and forth on what to do, including leaving it, making the hearth smaller and another option was to paint the whole thing.
We decided to make the hearth smaller and leave the brick natural. Wonderful spent several days chiseling out brick, when that mess was finished our friend came and finished the ends. We removed the yucky old screen. After this I cleaned the brick and then painted the inside black. We also removed the sconces, they were not evenly placed, I decided that I wanted outlets on the mantle instead.
Wonderful replaced all of the trim around the fireplace. We may eventually add gas logs, but for now I am loving the end result of the fireplace remodel.
This is more than I would usually use to decorate the mantle, but the whole fireplace is such a large area and I wanted to hide the outlets we added. Although they are super handy, especially at Christmas I don't want to see them everyday.
The moss balls are something that I made some time ago, I love old books to decorate and the antique horse stirrup ties into the horse on the other side.
I am a huge fan of blue willow plates and this adds a nice touch of color. The books are old ones that I tore the covers off of because I like the look of naked books.
The plant is put in a fishing minnow bucket that I found in the garage when we moved here.
The fishing basket allows Mr. Wonderful a place to put his stuff, he uses this end of the hearth for an end table. The fishing basket also ties into the minnow bucket.
One final look of the before and after............