My cousin Terry stopped by over the weekend to see my progress, and offer some advice. We talked about the hearth and discussed some things I could do. We talked about painting or tiling it. We decided the best option for me would be to “box” it in just like I did the mantel.
I went to Home Depot today to gather more supplies, another sheet of lauan, molding, quarter round, trim and (more) paint. I used the same technique with the molding as I did with the mantel.
Because the hearth is over 9 feet long and lauan comes in 8 ft lengths, I had to piece it. I pieced the top piece on the left, and the front piece on the right.
You may remember this little dilemma. When I pulled the carpet up a few months ago I found a little surprise. Apparently when the fireplace was installed, they made a mistake with a cut.
I decided to extend my “box” over the length of the top in order to cover up the concrete mishap.
See? It’s all gone!
This is where the vent was. Isn’t that a silly place to put a heat vent? I chiseled out the old vent cover, and most of the extra mortar in order to make room for my new vent cover.
If you’re a long time follower of my blog, you know that I always leave a note for the person who may renovate years down the road. Here you can see that 2x4’s were a perfect “spacer” for the bottom of the front facing. The original hearth ledge extended over the brick. I then added another ½ inch (molding). In order to stabilize the front facing, I nailed it to the 2x4’s.
You can see that the top is pieced. I glued it and nailed it. I also cut a hole for the vent. I purposely centered this new one, where the other one was lower to the floor. I have plans for the front facing that needed the vent to be centered.
This is a shot from the end, all the way down the hearth.
This firebox is huge! I’ve told you that before, but in these pictures you can really get an idea of how big it is. I am painting the firebox and surrounding brick black.
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