New Finishes for Plain Fireplaces

Branchburg, NJ, Before: A custom built fireplace, complete with a shadowbox for a flat screen television, looked stark in its new space. Also, the new bricks were way too pink for the homeowner's taste.

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After: The fireplace and shadowbox are given a dark cappucino, rub-through finish with a mahogany glaze. The bricks are washed in a bronze pearlescent. This wall now offers the room a strong focal point.

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Before: A standard builders' grade fireplace did nothing to enhance this Bridgewater, NJ family room.

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After: After a faux cherry finish with gold details, this fireplace adds traditional character to the room.

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