Tuesday, February 9, 2010

snowy baltimore; dining room fireplace

I recently attended a party at Leigh and Corey's place (see Baltimore Rowhouse). There was a theme: Jersey Shore. As much as I enjoy Pop Culture - this one has yet to join my television repertoire. Nonetheless, I met another "blogger" while there. Summer, who has not blogged in, like, months, pointed out that "[I] sometimes blog a lot, and then not for, like, weeks." She's sweet - and honest. I'll follow her lead and just do this when the feeling strikes - or when the snow forces me indoors for 100 hours.

There is a ridiculous amount of snow here in Baltimore. These were taken during the first storm...




...and the day after. The backyard drifts are taller than a person - not to mention a huge dog.








Considering there is a step down when you exit that back door, this is an official crapload.

Now - Here is a before shot of this fireplace:


We first removed the rock and mastic, which left terribly damaged brick:


Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of the process. I used a fireplace safe backerboard to smooth things out. Then, I adhered a small, mosaic tile:


15 comments:

sarah said...

ooh, love the tile - and the wall color! great work!

Molly said...

It looks great. We're down south of you the the Baltimore 'burbs and we just made over our brick fireplace (http://anewnest.blogspot.com/2010/01/little-late-for-roasting-chestnuts.html)

What did you use to paint the inside of your fireplace? And can you still actually have a fire in it now that you've painted it? I'd love to clean up the look inside our firebox but I'd also like to be able to have fires in the future (after we get our chimney inspected).

Renovation Therapy said...

Wow! Gorgeous job on the fireplace.

Now, I need to cuddle with that snowy dog. He is too cute!

Molly said...

Thanks so much for adding A New Nest (http://anewnest.blogspot.com) to your Blog List. It's getting me a visit or two daily!

kitliz @ DIYdiva said...

Whoa snow! The fireplace looks great... AND like you could use it. lol

Marianne Amoss said...

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Rob Gutro said...

Wow! You guys did a fantastic job! I work at Goddard and just saw the article on your renovation and HGTV episode. You can see the article here: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/pdf/427770main_Goddard%20View%20V6%20I1%20Web.pdf
My partner and I have been doing improvements to our house for the last 3 years, and can appreciate your work. (Of course, we hired a contractor to re-do a small bathroom, and after 3 months, its still not done!).
Awesome job, guys!
Rob and Tom

j.bmoxie said...

thanks for the snow pics -- I point to it from here: http://wp.me/pLLc3-xo

oh, nice work on the fireplace too.

jb @BMoxieBMore

Team Eternal said...

This room is absolutely gorgeous! I cannot believe how the color just makes the room pop and yet feels so cozy.. like I want to live in it!! Can you please please please post or email me the color of the paint you used for the dining room wall (the blue slate color?)... I'm dying to use the same color! Thanks!

Jon said...

Thanks Team Eternal - The color on the fireplace wall is Sheffield Gray by Olympic.

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