When I viewed this property I was SO excited about starting this room, I had a vision in mind as soon as I entered the room and it started with restoring the fireplace.
Photo 1, the living room when purchased – I mean, that carpet?!
Photo 2, The starting point, removing the fireplace. I had to cap the gasworks off that fed the huge ugly fireplace that was in there previously. The hearth was concrete and took some real man power to remove it. The bricks were filthy but actually in pretty good condition. Took half a day just to get the old fireplace out.
Photo 3, Brick work has been cleaned up, I used a spray bottle with some water and a gentle wire brush to clean away the soot and also used a steamer to remove the awful wallpaper – That blue in the first picture was painted wallpaper, the previous owners had obviously decided painting over the textured wallpaper was the way they wanted to achieve a new look. Hot and sweaty work but it’s looking fresher already.
Works undertaken September 2017