Updating a fireplace hearth
He used Emperador Dark marble to cover the face and top of the hearth and trimmed the sides with plywood.He created the mantel is from three different types of crown molding. Sam had a pretty typical red-brick floor-to-ceiling fireplace.It is hard to see from this picture, but Sam's hearth has a row of bricks that jut out.He started his project by sawing off those brick ends to square up the hearth.
The brick works well in the room as an accent and ties in well with the exposed beams.
The heavy pilasters provide some nice weight to the fireplace and the tile ties in beautifully with the paint.
"I must say that the transformation was astonishing when complete.
Removing the bookshelf and tiling over the fireplace gave the room a more open and modern look. Here are some details about his project that you might find helpful: "The book was the only source I used, and I can't say how great it was! Aside from the insert the total cost would have been about 0 CDN.
I also love how the wall colors that they picked play off the colors in the slate. Fireplace insert was a Valor Gas Insert (Natural Gas), Radiant Heat, which is also very quiet, no fan." -- Steve, Parksville, BC What a transformation.