We (meaning Dear Hubby and Computer Geek) spent this past weekend getting rid of this. We've had plenty of people informing us we were nuts for taking it out.
It had a mantle on top, a large 5" x 5" piece of cedar, but I forgot to take the first "before" picture. This fireplace would have looked great if the room were twice as big or had a cathedral ceiling. It was just too massive for the space.
So before I get any "Are you nuts?" from anyone, let me explain. These pictures were taken from my kitchen doorway. The living room is only 13' across. The room is more like a bowling alley. . . . 13' x 24'. We never have been able to arrange the furniture the way we were comfortable with it.
And the hearth.......it was just stone sitting on the floor. You couldn't decorate it with anything cute. Nothing would sit level.
And the dust from the woodburning heater...........Aaahhh. The blower used to be a variable speed. Now it is just two speeds.....on and off.
So right now there is just a big hole in the wall. Notice the underlayment. Big changes are coming to the floor. There was carpet. 10 year old carpet that had survived 4 kids, 6 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits and a husband. Of course, I never spilled anything on the floor !!
Hopefully in two weeks, I'll be able to show more pics of the progress.
On the quilting front, stay tuned. I've got some big changes coming!