1960's fireplace suggestions
daisy46701
January 26, 2014 in Design Dilemma
We would like some advice on our wood burning fireplace. Our biggest dislike about it are the ledges that stick off in order to hold decorative items. Is it possible to have these ledges removed and areas sanded down to blend in to the rest of fireplace? Also to paint or not to paint (this matches the outside as it is all limestone and brick)??? And would you hang a tv above the fireplace or on adjacent wall? 1 last question....would you paint the black blower panels so that they blend in or leave as is? Thanks in advance!
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mcbmd3
I had the same issue with a brick fireplace. I called a mason and he removed the protruding bricks and installed others that are the same depth as the rest of the wall.
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daisy46701
Oh thank you so much! Can I ask if it was very pricey?
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Torrey Kanne - Re/Max Results
Don't remove! Paint them. Go to Pinterest and search "painted brick fireplace". You'll be amazed at how you can transform it in a cost effective way!
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daisy46701
Thanks Torrey! Great pics on pinterest! ;-)
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dietmarhansen
Never paint brick , once you don't like that anymore it is hard to resurface the brick with other materials. Iy
T should not be to expensive to remove the brick/ limestone mantle shelves DIY it's fairly easy
2 Likes   Thanked by daisy46701    January 26, 2014 at 1:49PM
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dietmarhansen
Cultured stone is a great option for you. It changes the look of the entire room and if you do it yourself it won't cost more than a painter ,and it will bring you into the 21 century it is a really fashionable right now.
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Brooke
Since you've thinking of keeping the retro feel going in the kitchen I would keep the fireplace either natural (just have someone come and "trim") those shelves for you. If you wanted to paint it wouldn't be out of style. This is my 60's fireplace and it has the original paint on it (please ignore the fact that I have all that stuff crammed against the fireplace, we're in the process of painting)
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Brooke
Oh! If you're tempted to add a wood mantle, don't do it! MCM fireplaces like these never had mantels. I would find somewhere else for the tv as well since the fireplace would look fantastic with a retro brass wall sculpture or an abstract painting
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Brooke
Just found a better photo (this was right after we moved in Oct so excuse the mess again!)
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Brooke
If you wereto do an L-shaped sectional an crest separate areas in the room you could do the long L facing the blank wall by the fire place and the short facing the fireplace you could set up the tv on the wall in that location
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saratogaswizzlestick
I like your fireplace as is. What if you found some solid colored vivid colored vases for the ledges. I have seen these decorated to look really nice. It would be a shame to get rid of an authentic detail. You have a beautiful view.
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Darzy
I was going to say what saratogaswizzlestick said. I'd leave it alone and use the features as features. Beautiful objects on each ledge. Colored vases maybe all that match? I wouldn't paint the vents as the black will hide the dirty look it may eventually have. I'd also suggest putting the tv on the right wall. On a low shelf and perhaps floating shelves above.
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happyasaclam
Your fireplace is classic MCM! Please don't do anything to your fireplace. Unless the blower panels have rusted or are in poor shape otherwise, do not paint them either. If you do need to repaint them, use the original color. Research MCM fireplaces for '60's decor. You have a wonderful opportunity to showcase MCM style!
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Darzy
Something like this for the tv wall?

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Brooke
Agreed, try living with it as is and if it doesn't work then do something. If you're going to go the decoration route ad want to stick with MCM try finding some studio pottery from the 60s/70s or some west Germany pottery. Here's the brass sculpture I'm hanging on my fireplace as well
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daisy46701
Love it! Thanks Brooke!
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colonialgp
Your house looks like a time capsule. Do very little except for that bedroom.
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happyasaclam
Brooke, your brass sculpture is fabulous! daisy's fireplace and your brass sculpture bring back so many memories for me! Classic '60's fab design!
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saratogaswizzlestick
Love Brooke's suggestion. Fiesta ware is also a possibility.
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happyasaclam
If you love MCM you have a great canvas to work with, daisy!
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Darzy
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Brooke
I think you should search on houzz here for mid century modern and start collecting photos that you love. Feel free to go through my idea books (I mostly picked MCM images and some modern photos with a MCM feel - sorry most of my comments are hidden so there may seem like some odd photos but they would have had items I liked)
1 Like   Thanked by daisy46701    January 26, 2014 at 3:04PM
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Darzy
Oh. Try scrubbing the heck out of the brick with TSP and it may freshen the brick. There may be years of dirt you can't really see and the brick may be even more beautiful.
2 Likes   Thanked by daisy46701    January 26, 2014 at 3:06PM
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daisy46701
Will do, Brooke! Thanks again! I am loving everyone's advice! ;-)
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happyasaclam
I agree with darzy about giving it a good cleaning. :)
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happyasaclam
I had a dickins of a time finding this Discussion for you, but here it is! http://www.houzz.com/discussions/651666/Calling-all-mid-century-modern-enthusiasts-
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daisy46701
Thank you! I'm getting ready to post some pics on this site-anxious to get their feedback as well!
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happyasaclam
You're welcome! Be sure and post pictures of your rooms. They'll go wild over there! :))
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