Fireplace uncovered!!

61tinkerbellAugust 16, 2011

now what? LOL

Previous owner at some point (1970-1980's) removed the mantel, and covered up the original 1937 limestone fireplace. (stupid, stupid, stupid!) They also bricked in the side heat vents.. not sure if it was because of a problem, or just to seal them with the granite.

The limestone matched the winding path to the front of the home, which was charming, but because of 80 years of wear and tear, we need to replace it - it is dangerous as is, and can't be restored without costing dearly! We are going to make the parking pad and walkway using old Chicago reclaimed bricks.

Should we try and reface the limestone with the same type of brick? Stone, or something else? Any thoughts or ideas will help!

BEFORE

From Drop Box

Uncovered and exposed!

From Drop Box

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bostonpam

No suggestions but interested in the responses. Our fireplace was completely behind a plaster wall. It's on a long list of projects but I'm not thinking about it yet. I'm also interested in your walkway project - I'm hoping to do a similar project next year with reclaimed bricks from the old police stable torn down in the 50's.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 9:23PM
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Debra520

That's beautiful.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 9:32PM
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ks_toolgirl

It's so cool - & how exciting to discover it! Good for you! Given the choice, the brick is preferable to the granite. :-)
Wish I could help - but all I can offer is encouragement & ENVY.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 10:27PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Not sure I am getting this. They enclosed the second pic( brick) with the first( granite)?? What does the walkway have to do with it all?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 4:31AM
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61tinkerbell

Christopher, yes, they covered the original (photo #2) with the granite in photo #1. The original limestone is damaged by the granite they installed, so I need to reface it. The walk-way has to do with decorating.. you know, joining the outside with the in - making it cohesive, if you will. That actually what they also did back in 1937.. the walkways was the old limestone.

Chimney inspector is coming Friday.. so I'll know more than!

I also stripped the brick in one of the other fireplaces... came out better than I thought! From Sunrise - work in progress

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 6:20AM
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jlc102482

Very cool, I love the look of the original fireplace!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 11:37AM
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Billl

"Should we try and reface the limestone with the same type of brick? Stone, or something else? Any thoughts or ideas will help! "

Personally, I think you should restore it with a similar limestone. You often don't get such a clear display of what a home looked like originally, so I would take that and run with it.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 11:59AM
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61tinkerbell

bill, yikes.. maybe we should have thought more on restoring it, and unfortunately - the contractors smashed and removed the hearth! That is now gone!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 5:34PM
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lavender_lass

Tinker- If the limestone had been in better shape and you still had the hearth, I could see tying it in with the walk. Now, I'd either do the brick (to match the other fireplace) or pick another finish that will look good with your room. What style do you like and what are you trying to do with the home? Are you thinking more cottage/casual or something more traditional and a little more elegant? Here's you chance to do what YOU want with the fireplace, so enjoy it :)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 6:19PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

The walk-way has to do with decorating.. you know, joining the outside with the in - making it cohesive, if you will. That actually what they also did back in 1937.. the walkways was the old limestone.

Got it. My home is the same way.Limestone walkways match the exterior, unfortunatly they did not bring it in to the fireplace, they put a piece of ugly white marble there instead.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 5:32AM
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