Living Room Art – Over 12 years ago we bought our first family house in the mythical City of Robin Hood Nottingham. We needed to stretch our budgets and be creative as money was tight. This included utilizing our tub panel that was previous as part of this dcor from the room.
Intriguing and sounds like challenge does not it? Well here is how it all came about.
The house we bought is in a really suburb of the city. My spouse and I had stepped up moving to the area and decided to buy the home we can afford in the area. I guess we had taken to heart the mantra location, location, location’.
Because of this we ended up with a that demanded renovation. In our new house of the floor boards and joists where rotten, the windows needed shifting plus we needed gas, electric and heating services. The backyard was somewhat Jurassic looking although it did have a few rose bushes in. We had taken on a money draining job.
Not to be discouraged about turning our newly acquired project we set. One of the attractive facets of the home was all the 1930’s features. This comprised fantastic internal doors that we got stripped professionally along with some nice cast iron fireplaces.
A central feature was created by the fireplaces in the living and dining room areas. Nevertheless both fireplaces needed some serious job and needed restoring.
We used special chemicals to strip all of the old soot off and scorch marks from the fires themselves. Then we eliminated and replaced the surrounds with new types that had a rustic feel and maintained the look.
The challenge came when we eliminated the hearth in our space. Replacing this seemed to be hard. We did not have a lot of money which limited our selection of tiles. In fact we ended up looking from the budget ranges that whilst nice did not fit in with the theme of the room at heaps of tile swatches.
It was then that I had an idea that is inspired. A couple of days until we replaced our tub from the family room bathroom and ripped out. In fact at this stage it was sitting on our drive waiting to be loaded to a skip and taken down to the dump. My spouse had remarked about the black marble panel that is beautiful and also the way it was a shame to dump it. My idea was to take this and get down it to be used as our fire hearth.
Finding a stone mason only took a glance through a business directory and a couple of calls. I’m glad we found a professional as not only did it cuts but also provided us advice on the best way to take care of a fire hearth that is new.
We installed it fast using cement to hold it in position. I bought some mosaic tiles to go around the edge of the flame and then took a visit to our discount ceramic tile warehouse itself.
The final result is exceptional and we locate guests to our house commenting on the feature fireplace in our front room. Needless to say they are amazed when we come clean and clarify our use of the tub panel.