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
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!"

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

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.

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

In progress
In progress
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!

Complete make over in progress
Complete make over in progress

Hearth is finished, time to move upward.

Complete make over in progress
Complete make over in progress

The new mantle was stained then mounted.

Complete make over in progress- Hearth in progress
Complete make over in progress- Hearth in progress
In Progress
In Progress
Full Length
Full Length
Island1
Island1
Island finished
Island finished
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.