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Old Fireplace Re-use
Architect Mason Kirby Inc.
An old, inoperable fireplace can be seem bulky and inconvenient, but taking cues from the creative projects below, a former hearth and mantle can become a transformed centerpiece of the home.
A chalkboard mimics the soot-grey of a working fireplace, but completely transforms its purpose. Plus, it's kid-height!
This extra large brick fireplace is replaced with sleek shelves, complimenting the existing combination of old and new elements of the space.
An old mantle is here repurposed as a headboard that doesn't take up much space but gives a big impact
A mirror set into an existing fireplace extends the space of the room and add brightness.
This ingenious bathroom design takes advantage of the aesthetic nature of the chimney, and turns a typical vanity into something striking.
Filling an out-of-commission fireplace with wood is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but the final effect is warm, and brings the outdoors in just as an actual fire does.
An unused fireplace makes a handy inset shelf for a small sculpture garden.
A houseplant in a former fireplace fills the void beautifully, and provides a compelling contrast to the more geometric surrounding mantle.
In this case, the fireplace was filled with new built-in cabinets, and is transformed into a central home theater.
Even if it's only the flames of candles, a decorated and glowing fireplace immediately becomes a focal point of the home!