I have a weakness for Limestone fireplaces. Ok, I said it..now everyone knows my truth.
This weakness of mine causes me to obsess over having one or more of these gorgeous beauties in our home. As I ponder the reasonableness or absurdity of renovating multiple fireplaces in our abode, I look for inspiration in homes I have visited in the past and online.
This is the fireplace in our sunroom. Over the last few years, the mantel has undergone a mini renovation, you won’t believe the before picture, check out How to Update a Fireplace on a Budget. I also painted the granite slab that rests on top of the mantel, you can read more about that in Is It Possible to Paint a Granite Surface?
Painting the mantel and granite dramatically improved the appearance of our fireplace BUT I still don’t love it or even like it. From what I can tell, the original fireplace was wood burning and the prior owner made it gas. My vision for our fireplace is to return it to wood burning and replace the surround with a large limestone mantel! I’m smiling at the thought. 😁
This home is for sale in our area and I just love the limestone mantel. I don’t mind the black smokey marks on the surface either…adds character 😉
This is the other side of the fireplace also outfitted with a similar style mantel and smokey marks.
This home was also for sale in our area, and again loving the oversized limestone mantel.
A similar style mantel with brick flooring speaks to me. It’s say “hey I’m casual and elegant. Come “chill” and I’ll warm you up”.
This limestone mantel says “I’m modern and clean looking and I’m cooking with gas”! (pun intended..again)
This mantel says “I am understated elegance with my wood beams and black windows” and I respond back…I love you.
This mantel says “bring your friends and stay a while, I have plenty of space in here”.
This mantel say “I’m large and in charge of this room”!
This mantel says “ooh la la…I love being in this boudoir”.
What does this mantel say? “I’ll keep you warm from the draft of all those doors”!
This mantel says “I’m so versatile, I can even go outdoors”!
I will continue to dream about having a limestone mantel but I have yet to look into the cost of attaining one of these beauties, something tells me they aren’t cheap. I’ll keep you posted on my progress…more to come 😉
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