Fireplace Makeover

Over the last few months I’ve been working hard to update my 50’s fireplace. Nothing says “mid century” quite like those flat, red bricks.  The final product is the result of a custom mold, dyed concrete, and a dead-fall fir mantle from Mt. St Helens. You can see the finished result above – next I’ll post on how I tackled the project.

In the meantime, here’s a quick “before” photo. The wall to the right and left has been cut away to expose the seriously old “insulation” that was eventually replaced (I think it has an R-value something akin to shredded newspaper).