Updated: Nov 18, 2018

Let’s talk about fireplaces. Fireplaces are often the focal point of a room, and if the proportion is off or the finishing is dated, it can quickly go from focal point to eye sore. If you like a good fireplace before and after, this post is for you! Today we are going to show you the gloriously bad before photos of this fireplace and the revamp we did for our Parkhill Project.

Above: After photo of the fireplace. We sprayed the brass accent strip black and added some bulk to the surround and hearth, creating presence in the room.

Our clients wanted to refresh the top floor of their home to be a cozy space to hang out, watch movies, and gaze at the stars from the large windows and skylights. Due to the lack of garage space for a “Man Cave”, the third floor loft space quickly became known as the “Man Loft” - an elevated (literally) take on a masculine space.

Above: Before of the fireplace. The brass trim and dated tile had to go!

Above: Progress shot of the new framing for the surround and hearth.

Above: After of the finished "Man Loft"

Above: Progress shot of the space - dated ceiling fan, wall colour and brass trim had not yet been removed!

Above: After photo of the stairs leading up to the "Man Loft."

Above: Before photo of the stairs leading to the loft. We decided to replace the railing, carpet, wall sconce and paint and window casings to update the space.

Above: Progress shot of the stairs under construction.

We continued the same Benjamin Moore paint (our fave, Chantilly Lace) up the stairs and into the loft in order the enhance the height of the ceilings. To provide some contrast, the oak floors were stained “Jacobean” and we carried black throughout the space with black railings, black and gold wall sconces and matte black and walnut ceiling fans.

Above: After shot of stairs leading up to second floor and loft space. The wall sconce and railing add in some contrast to the all white space, while the glass adds a modern touch to the eclectic home.

All "before" photos by Hella Design Studio.

All "after" photos by the incredibly talented MJay Photography

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