Fireplace Makeover: Part 2, The Hearth

I’m surprised this thing has lasted as long as it did. I’m not talking about the durability, I’m talking about surviving me. I’ve wanted to get rid of this thing since day one.

We’re talking about McDonald’s style bathroom tiles, circa 1980’s here, people. Come on. This thing had overstayed it’s welcome and it was time to kick it out. So we did just that. No longer ugly…. are we?!

granite fireplace hearth

To see the evolution of our fireplace from the very beginning, check out Part 1.

There is one thing you must know about this project… when my dad jackhammered up all the tiles and broke apart the wooden base, we found a dead bird inside!!! It was like his above ground tomb. IN OUR LIVING ROOM! Just one more reason why this thing really had to go. I’m guessing it flew in through out chimney and got stuck in the space under the fireplace, in the hearth. Grosssss!!! But I also felt pretty bad for the little guy. And no, I didn’t take a photo of him. I spared you. You’re welcome.

I’d say my part in all of this was to make sure the couch didn’t get away, while wearing my  pajamas and slippers. But I cleaned up throughout the project and afterwards too!

P.S. Travis has been studying for his CPA exam like crazy these past few months, so my dad stepped in to help with this project.

Supplies:

  • hammerjack
  • bin for demo
  • construction blanket
  • multimaster/beaver tool

Snack:

  • banana and crackers

granite fireplace hearth

granite fireplace hearth

Hearth Before:

Not only was this thing ugly, but the tiles were cracked and the grout was separating. Every time my niece and nephews came over, they always gravitated to the hearth and started climbing on it. It made me crazy because I always worried they would trip and fall on it. Our family room also isn’t very big so the huge step was eating into our walkable space… one of my biggest reasons to get rid of it.

granite fireplace hearth

granite fireplace hearth

Hearth Demo:

We protected the glass fireplace doors with a sheet of styrofoam, although cardboard would have worked too. Then my dad got to work at breaking apart the hearth.

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The New Hearth Plan:

granite fireplace hearth

All Done!

My Dad and brother-in-law installed the granite while I was at work last week. So I wasn’t able to take photos of the process 😦 Oh well. Thanks for all your hard work Dad and Rob!

Hearth-after3

granite fireplace hearth

granite fireplace hearth

granite fireplace hearth

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4 Responses to Fireplace Makeover: Part 2, The Hearth

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  2. Miranda R. says:

    Looks great. I’ll volunteer my fireplace for your next project!

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