Next to children's spaces, fireplaces are my favorite thing to do. The technique and materials used to create the specific finish or look a client is going for is a challenge, and one I've always enjoyed. From the first time a friend asked, "Could you faux my boring white fireplace?" to the last stroke of grout on my tile work, my fireplaces have been enlivening living rooms for well over a decade now. 

Acrylic & Oil Glazes Over Painted Wood 
Deep glaze over painted wood
Deep glaze over painted wood
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From painted wood to real wood look
From painted wood to real wood look

This was the project that began my fireplace makeovers. A friend asked, "Do you think you can...?" I, of course, said, "YES!"

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Mitchell- detail
Mitchell- detail
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Gothic restyling
Gothic restyling
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Detail- Gothic restyle
Detail- Gothic restyle
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Oil glazes created to unify moldings and fireplace
Oil glazes created to unify moldings and fireplace
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Detail- oil glazes created to unify moldings and fireplace
Detail- oil glazes created to unify moldings and fireplace
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Goin- Detail
Goin- Detail
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Oil over painted wood- In progress
Oil over painted wood- In progress
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Cast Concrete
Oil glazes over cast concrete- Complete
Oil glazes over cast concrete- Complete
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Detail- Oil glazes over cast concrete
Detail- Oil glazes over cast concrete
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Acrylic woodgraining over cast concrete
Acrylic woodgraining over cast concrete

Here is what a wood grain project looks like in progress. The surface is cleaned and primed, and then I begin "creating wood" with artist acrylics.

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Oil glazes over cast concrete in progress
Oil glazes over cast concrete in progress

Once the graining is complete, the surface is sealed, left to cure for a day or two, then the stain is created from artists' oils.

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Faux wood & marble
Faux wood & marble
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Detail- oil glaze
Detail- oil glaze
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Burled wood and slate- oil glazes
Burled wood and slate- oil glazes
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Detail- faux slate
Detail- faux slate
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Finished faux
Finished faux
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Stucco
Joint Compound over brick
Joint Compound over brick
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Detail- acrylic glazes
Detail- acrylic glazes
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Detail of finish
Detail of finish
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Joint compound over brick
Joint compound over brick

In order to create a more substantial mantle, I built this client one. Covering brick like this usually takes three layers of mud before all of the mortar joints are filled.

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In progress
In progress
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Tile Make-Overs
Completed COMPLETE make-over
Completed COMPLETE make-over

This project started with a tired, old, red brick surround, but then we tore out the old brass & glass doors, the disproportionate mantle, wrapped it all in cement board & went to town with travertine and glass. Gorgeous!

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Complete make over in progress
Complete make over in progress

Hearth is finished, time to move upward.

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Complete make over in progress
Complete make over in progress

The new mantle was stained then mounted.

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Complete make over in progress- Hearth in progress
Complete make over in progress- Hearth in progress
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In Progress
In Progress
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Full Length
Full Length
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Island1
Island1
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Island finished
Island finished
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Slate fireplace- my house
Slate fireplace- my house

Another tired floor tile fireplace banished to the dust bin. A slate mosaic with glass inlay makes a much larger impact.

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