Work on the fireplace continues. Our mason originally expected this to be a one-week project, maybe a day or two over. But it turns out our fireplace is large. After two weeks of 9+ hour days, the fireplace is not yet done. But we’ve come a long way.
Last week, the fireplace looked like this.
Now, it looks like this.
You heard a little bit about the hearth stone on Friday. Before I get into the other activities from the week, Baxter has a video to share with you about carrying in the slab.
A few other things happened before we were ready for the hearth. First, the chimney went up both inside and out. As you may recall, the old chimney was pretty much the whole reason for this redo. It’s surprisingly thrilling to have a big, solid, proper chimney. My Dad and I still have a bit of flashing to do, hence all of the wrapping.
The cinder block rough-in was completed, and then the firebox was constructed. That’s what our mason was working on in this photo that you saw on Friday where he’s sitting inside the fireplace.
The second most exciting part of the week was installing the mantel. When he was building the structure of the fireplace, our mason installed four pieces of rebar. The bars went back into the block about 2 feet and were securely cemented in place. They stuck out on the face of the fireplace by about 1 foot.
My Dad and I drilled carefully placed holes on barn beams that matched up with the pieces of rebar, and then Matt and I slid the beams onto the bars. Voilà, mantel. Or half a mantel. This photo shows the first beam in place. The second beam goes on in front of this one and hides the ends of the rods.
This weekend, I gave the mantel a few coats of clear varathane to protect it and bring out the quality of the wood a little bit more. I’m giddy over this mantel. The rough barn wood is just so beautiful.
If the mantel was the second most exciting, what was the first, you ask? Absolutely the most exciting development of this whole project was seeing the face stone going on. I picked the stone fairly quickly, but then I doubted myself for the past three weeks. Had I picked the right stone? Would it look good in our house? Would I like it once it was installed? Should I have made more effort to source other options?
Well, I love the stone. It’s exactly what I was envisioning. Rough field stone that looks like it could have come from our own farm.
Here’s another montage of how the fireplace has progressed from the start up to now.
We have at least a few days yet to go. By the end of the week, everything should be done (although I can’t promise the post-reno clean-up will be complete).
It is coming along beautifully! I love the stone and the mantel too.
Lookin’ good! The mantel is totally excellent!
Coming from professional wood people that means a lot.
I love it! And I would be so excited to be decorating it for Christmas! LOL
We’re cutting it close, but I think I’ll be able to get a few decorations up in time for Christmas. At the very least, we’ll have a fire on Christmas Eve!
I love every part of that new fireplace! I am very jealous right now! I’m envisioning a fire in the fireplace and watching it snow outside with a mug of hot chocolate!
Unfortunately, I too am still at the envisioning stage, but soon enough it will be reality! It’s kind of cool to see the picture I’ve had in my head for the past 3 years take form in my living room.
I love it. What a statement it’s going to make! And so cozy. 🙂
My theory is a big statement means extra coziness. I’m hoping it comes true once I light my first fire!
I know it will. I can’t wait to see that!