I mentioned yesterday that we are finally finishing our fireplace! The contractors spent most of the day working on it yesterday and they are almost finished. We now have to wait for the Hearthstones to arrive, which should be sometime this week, and then they will be back to finish it up. After that we will just need to have the stove insert placed back inside the fireplace and hooked back up to the pipes going up the chimney. It is turning out so pretty and I am so excited (!!!!) that it is almost finished after all this time!
Here is how it looks at the moment. (Please excuse the steam mop... I think I am going to be cleaning up dust for quite some time! And I also have some touch up painting from the mantel being moved higher.) So, what do you think? Honestly? I actually like it even more than I thought I would - the stone color was Hubby's choice, not mine. It did turn out pretty, and really looks better in person than it does in the pictures. I'm just not sure how well it matches the wall color.
Originally we planned to paint the three walls that stick out, surrounding the fireplace, a color (perhaps a reddish burgundy, sage, etc) of some sort. But, at the time, we were so overwhelmed by all the other decisions we were making that we ended up just using some of the leftover Wilmington Tan paint from the new dining/living room areas in the back. All the other walls in our entry are the same Philadelphia Cream (light yellow) that is in the kitchen, and the ceilings and hallway are all Stowe White. (We also plan to replace the white ceiling fan with a dark brown fan, closer to the ceiling, finish painting the trim, and are still looking for light fixtures/wall sconces to replace the old track light that was above the fireplace.)
The ceilings in the original part of our home are all wood (and are now the only remaining part of the original house which hasn't been remodeled/replaced in the 12 years we have lived here!) which makes it a little more challenging to choose a paint color to coordinate. Now we are thinking that maybe just the Philadelphia Cream from the kitchen, or perhaps even the Stowe White, might be the best option for these three walls. I'd love to hear any thoughts and suggestions you might have for us!