Our fireplace received a quick and simple update this weekend – the result of one of those “why didn’t I think of that before?” moments. For a refresh, this is how our fireplace looked when we bought the house:
Before we moved in, we brightened up the brick with some white paint and gave the screen a quick coat of black spray paint and new hardware, and it’s pretty much looked like this ever since:
I have never been fond of that screen, and looked at replacing it when we bought the house almost four years ago. It just didn’t fit into our budget at the time, so we opted to paint it for a temporary fix. And then I kind of forgot it existed. You know how you look at something every day, but you stop seeing it? Well that’s what happened here, until a moment last week when it caught my eye for whatever reason and I was suddenly reminded of how ugly it was.
So we removed it.
I said it was a quick and simple update, and I wasn’t kidding. We popped off that ugly, dated screen, gave the inside a good cleaning and Hello, Pretty Fireplace! 🙂
The best part? Now you can see the beautiful cast iron coal basket.
It came with the house and I’ve always loved it. Fun fact: We did a quick google search and it appears our little coal basket is from the late 1800’s – our house was built in 1939, so I wonder if there is a story about how it ended up here. Whatever the reason, I’m glad it did. Have I mentioned I love old things? 🙂
We do use our fireplace often in the winter, so I will need a screen. I like this option from Pottery Barn:
It’s simple, small, and slim enough in profile to leave out through the winter (we don’t have much of a hearth), and we can store it away during the rest of the year when we aren’t having fires.
Of course, simple updates never stop at simple, and now we have reminded ourselves how awful the hearth tile is. Time to research the next project!
Did you like the fireplace better before or after? What do you think would be a good replacement for the white tiles on the hearth? Share with me below!