Time for another home improvement! This one I have been dreaming about for a few years and my husband for Valentines gave me a choice... a new ring or a fireplace remodel. Well, anyone that knows me well enough knows it was an easy choice. So basically as soon as I told him my decision I was ripping out the tile on our fireplace (so he couldn't turn back!).
The one thing that did change about the plan I had in my head for over 2 years was the stone. I had visualized this rustic looking stacked stone.
Initially I wanted a floating stone mantel but I couldn't find anyone that could do exactly what I wanted so I decided on a wood mantel. I wanted straight lines and dark stain (someday our hardwood floors will coordinate, but that's soooommmeday).
The toughest job about the tiling of this stone was the 45 degree corners. We insisted that we wanted the look of the 45 degree cuts. The installers tried to convince us otherwise but we were persistent and are glad we were as we love the result! We choose a Black Pearl granite to replace the hearth. It's beautiful and really gives a nice finish to the project.