• Beckie’s Fireplace Makeover

    Do you know Beckie? She blogs at Infarrantly Creative, Road Kill Rescue and Knock off Decor:

    Infarrantly Creative Roadkill Rescue KOD-button

    Well, she asked me if I’d be interested in throwing out some ideas for her fireplace one day and, well, you know what happens when people ask me for design advice. ;-)

    I started by staring at this photo of her fireplace for several minutes…

    Beckie Fireplace Before

    …then I rounded up a few inspiration photos I found online. After that, I played around with the photo of Beckie’s fireplace in Photoshop to give her a few different ideas of how the fireplaces in the inspiration photos might *sort of* look in her place. Here’s what I came up with:

    Idea #1: Mega Molding

    Since Beckie’s fireplace facade is flush with the wall it sits on, there’s not really an opportunity to do anything that sticks too far out from the wall unless they want to dive into a pretty elaborate construction project- which they do not. So, idea #1 was inspired by this photo:

    Waterfall Edge Fireplace

    (Blue Water Home Builders)

    Here’s what it looks like popped onto Beckie’s photo:

    Beckie Fireplace Molding

    She wouldn’t necessarily have to use marble around the fire box…tile or stone would do the trick, too!

    I also couldn’t resist popping in the gray wall color and dark hardwood flooring…just to see what that would kind of look like:

    Beckie Fireplace Molding Wood Floor

    Pretty neat! :-)

    Idea #2: Color Contrast

    Idea #2 was inspired by this photo:

    Gray Fireplace | Rustic Mantel

    (New England Home Magazine)

    And again, this is a very rough virtual sketch, but I was thinking that she could cover the existing black tile around the fire box with some kind of faux concrete (like Skimstone, or Ardex), and then build up and trim out the rest of the space around the fireplace with molding and dark gray paint.

    Beckie Fireplace Idea Gray

    A chocolate-y brown, rustic wood mantel would be the perfect pièce de résistance!

    Idea #3: Craftsman & Columns

    My last photo drawing was inspired by this photo:

    Duneland Beach Fireplace

    (Fireplace: Belzowski Homes Photo: Matt Cashore)

    Here’s the (rough) photo I pasted together in Photoshop to show what a couple of angled columns and some craftsman-style molding might *sort of* look like:

    Beckie Fireplace Idea 2

    Again, Beckie wouldn’t necessarily have to re-create that exact pattern with the molding (maybe lose the arched part for something cleaner lined?), and the sky is the limit when it comes to tile. I’m just hoping these photos will help get her super-creative gears turning, and that she’ll share her ‘Ta Da!” photos with us here with us when she’s done!

    (Hint, hint Beckie!) ;-)

    PS- If you’d like to learn how to use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to modify your room pics, click on the Shoot Fly Shoot banner below to check out our Room Makeover class!


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