Yesterday the lovely blog Retro Renovation was asking people to upload photos of their mid-century fireplaces. I flipped through them and found nothing, and I mean NOTHING like our very….ummm….unique fireplace with which I have a love hate relationship. Some images from the Retro Renovation site:
And a few other favorites from my Pinterest board MCM Fireplaces:
Okay, so now our design dilemma. This is our fireplace.
Hmmm. This has always flummoxed me. For one thing, I like the shape. The angles on the chimney are totally mid-century, as are the cement benches on either side. However, the brick has seen better days and there is a wood-burning stove insert in it. I can imagine a beautiful open fire once we remove the stove but the brick is the dilemma. It’s old and no matter how much we try to clean it, it’s inconsistent and looks dirty.
We considered painting it. (I am not one of those people who thinks there is a special place in hell for brick painters.) But as you can see to the right, the brick wall continues outside through the window and the front door. So if we commit to painting the fireplace, I think we have to commit to painting those walls as well for the sake of continuity.
Brett has suggested covering the chimney with metal like the photo above with the sunken living room. I like the idea, but we are still stuck with some challenging brick.
Would love other people’s opinions!