June 27, 2022

Should you’ve adopted alongside for a when you’ve seen our bed room hearth get a number of updates over on Instagram Tales, however at the moment we’re telling the entire sordid story of how our replace concepts just lately veered off-course (and the way we ended up at Plan B when Plan A went bust). Final time you noticed it on the weblog, it appeared somewhat one thing like this:

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However we should always rewind for a second. It was fairly bleak wanting after we first began Operation Revive The Hearth. There was a bunch of dried glue and gunk leftover from some tiles that had as soon as lined the encompass (to not point out a rusty display screen and common grime). However Sherry had that look in her eye that mentioned “don’t second guess me, that is going to work” and after almost a decade and a half of marriage I’ve discovered to not query this look.

Close-up of scuffed fireplace surround covered in old glue

The aim was to have some gasoline logs put in since we obtained a lot use out of the set in our final front room (solely twist right here is that this chimney isn’t correctly vented, so we’d have to do ventless logs right here as a substitute of vented ones). So we obtained on the gasoline firm’s calendar to have a line run to our hearth, and whereas we waited not so patiently, Sherry used a straight razor to take away the previous glue clumps from the metallic encompass.

Fireplace surrounded scraped clean of old glue

With the floor wanting loads smoother (albeit nonetheless scratched up), Sherry broke out a can of black excessive warmth paint to not solely make it look higher, but additionally get it prepared to face up to any warmth from the gasoline logs.

Can of Rust-Oleum High Heat black paint sitting in front of fireplace

It nonetheless wanted some trim across the black metallic half for a cleaner look – and we thought we’d add some form of mantel down the road – however it already appeared loads higher. Plus Sherry added a fern. As one does.

Bedroom fireplace with black border and fern in firebox

Now it’s possible you’ll be considering: “Why do you want a gasoline hearth in Florida?” Sure, Northern FL is heat more often than not, however we nonetheless get a gentle winter that undoubtedly qualifies as hearth climate (in line with Google the common January low right here is 46°). It additionally bears mentioning that my spouse’s most popular physique temperature is “floor of the solar” so when this home got here with a hearth in our bed room, she very excitedly made plans to get it functioning once more. And the excellent news was that we might get the entire thing completed by our native gasoline utility firm. They not solely got here out to cite the road, however they even promote the logs themselves on their web site – you simply choose them out and purchase them on-line & they arrive set up them in your service date.

Welp. Then the large day rolled round and about ten minutes into prepping for the set up, a supervisor confirmed up and mentioned “Wait, it is a bed room! These logs are ventless! Ventless logs aren’t to code in a bed room! You’ll be able to solely do vented logs in right here!

There have been in all probability fewer precise exclamations in his voice, however these phrases definitely hit us with some pressure. At this level I feel Sherry’s face was frozen in horror at this information, and she or he slipped someplace between denial and negotiating: “However the one that quoted this famous it was in a bed room and he jogged my memory 4 instances to order ventless logs, not vented ones. It mentioned all of this on the work order…”

Sadly, no quantity of debate might change the truth that it was only a easy oversight however undoubtedly not one thing that was gonna fly. The one that got here out simply didn’t know the little element that, out of an abundance of warning, the constructing code in our space doesn’t permit ventless gasoline logs in bedrooms (I assume they don’t need folks placing them on in a single day whereas they sleep). The gasoline firm was very apologetic and rapidly refunded the cash we had already paid for the service name, the ventless logs we purchased on-line, and so on.

To Sherry’s credit score, she took it higher than I anticipated… though, the best way that she pivoted was a shock even to me. You would possibly assume we’d pivot to getting the fireside correctly vented, however nope – that’s not an interesting answer to us (we’d should put a giant tall chimney proper by our higher deck – proper the place our outside eating desk is or we’d should vent out the wall… which might put an unattractive field on the entrance wall of our home). So as a substitute she pivoted from gasoline logs to… WAIT FOR IT…


Sure, I mentioned crystals.

Right here’s how we obtained there. Sherry’s first step was Googling fireplaces filled with candles as a result of she figured if we couldn’t have an actual huge flame a minimum of we might have some actual little ones to take pleasure in (we all know some folks love an electrical insert however there’s nothing like watching an actual flame flicker and glow within the night to us). One way or the other her search turned up some photos of fancy designer fireplaces with glass logs that form of appear to be big crystals in them. No thought how as a result of they’re not candles, however google is a fickle beast. Being ever the shiny rock aficionado, the image of the glass logs stopped Sherry in her tracks and she or he mentioned that they instantly reminded her of some smaller sticks of selenite crystal that she owns. And properly… you’ll be able to see the place that is headed…

Close-up of crystals on display on shelf

Invigorated by the prospect of getting a hearth filled with crystals, Sherry started the hunt for some big ones that may resemble logs – and figured that incorporating candles by some means within the combine would scratch the “small dancing flames among the many crystals” itch that solely Sherry might have. Destiny led her to the Pottery Barn web site, the place they inexplicably have been promoting (on clearance for 50% off!) these massive selenite crystal tealight holders. They’re supposed for use as desk centerpieces, however conveniently in addition they occur to be the approximate dimension of a hearth log.

Long crystal table centerpiece with tealights inside

I used to be basically like “WUT?” at this level, however Sherry made a robust case that (to my shock) didn’t relaxation solely on “buttttt they’re CRYSTAAALLLLS!!

Her key factors the place (1) the sale value meant we might get a bunch of logs and nonetheless spend lower than half of the worth of the gasoline logs we had purchased and returned (not counting set up charges & ongoing gasoline utility payments, which might add as much as rather more). And (2) this might be a beachy crystalline spin on these birch logs that folks usually stack in an unused hearth. Additionally (3) they’re crystalllllsssssss. So right here we’re:

Bedroom fireplace with white crystal logs stacked like firewood and candles lit

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I’ll hand it to her, the ultimate result’s fairly darn good – as bizarre as it’s to say that about flaming crystals stacked in a hearth. Possibly I want to put in writing a e-book known as Crystals & Candles: The Mixture I By no means Knew I’d Be Into – However My Spouse Was Fairly Sure It Would Be Superior The Complete Time.

Close-up of tealight holder crystal logs with candles lit

You must watch the video we made from them burning that’s somewhat additional down on this publish to get a a lot better visible of what it’s like once they’re lit (they give the impression of being loads much less like thrilling within the nonetheless photos – in all probability as a result of there’s no flickering, which is the mesmerizing half). Is it an similar substitute for an precise working hearth? No. However because the gasoline firm closed the door on that choice, we’re extraordinarily proud of the place we ended up. We are able to get that glowy ambiance after we gentle the candles, and nonetheless take pleasure in a light-weight & beachy feeling hearth the remainder of the time – even once they’re not lit.

Straight shot of fireplace with crystal logs not lit

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Right here’s a more in-depth shot. They actually do look form of “glimmery” in individual even once they’re not lit. They usually’re additional particular once they’re flickering within the night after the youngsters are in mattress (these are the clear burning beeswax tealights we obtained for them).

Close-up on crystal logs in fireplace with candles unlit

I simply realized that the candles + crystals + furry rug = some form of romance novel scene (possibly it needs to be the quilt of my e-book??). You must know that Burger REALLY likes sleeping on that fluffy rug – a lot in order that he couldn’t even keep away whereas we have been taking the images for this publish.

Camera on tripod set up to take photo of fireplace with chihuahua sleeping on fur rug underneath

As beforehand talked about, right here’s our fast video that exhibits a few of this challenge in motion (together with our tragic first try at “filling” the fireside with candles, which is hilariously pathetic). Additionally there’s nothing like seeing the candles flicker within the firebox on video, versus being all static and primary within the photos of this publish. Yeah I mentioned it. These non-moving flame pics are primary.

Observe: If the embedded video above doesn’t load, you too can watch it right here on YouTube.

You’ll additionally see within the video that we painted the within of the firebox earlier than including the crystal logs. Sherry tried scrubbing the bricks with baking soda to take away the soot and that’s after we realized these weren’t bricks in any respect – they’re a skinny metallic insert on all three sides that appears like brick.

Fireplace surrounded scraped clean of old glue

Scrubbing it didn’t get the soot stains out, however we knew the logs would look higher and brighter with a lighter background behind them. Fortunately the fake brick metallic panels took paint very well, so we placed on two coats of Almondine by Sherwin Williams in a satin end on them and in about half-hour they appeared like new.

Hand painting faux brick fireplace box with cream paint

It’s a light-weight sand coloration that ties into the tones in our flooring and the artwork above the fireside. Plus it makes the firebox much less of a “black gap” when the candles aren’t lit. And as soon as we truly add that mantle and/our trim encompass I feel it’ll end issues off properly.

Bedroom fireplace with white crystal logs stacked like firewood and candles unlit

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We’re additionally gearing up so as to add built-in cupboards on both aspect of the fireside below the home windows (as a result of sure, that tiny white finish desk is manner too small for that spot). Extra particulars to come back… as soon as we determine them out.

Straight shot of fireplace with crystal logs lit

P.S. IN LAST WEEK’S POST ABOUT OUR KITCHEN STORAGE WE GOT SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHERE THE FOOD IS. The freestanding shelving system to the suitable of the fridge with 4 additional huge drawers is our “pantry” (that data was written within the publish, simply not pictured) and you’ll see Sherry pull it open on video again in this older publish.

P.P.S. You’ll be able to see our complete Florida home reno proper right here. From our household room/workplace to our youngsters rooms & the kitchen (and our solely toilet), you may get all caught up rapidly (there aren’t that many posts as a result of this home doesn’t have that many rooms).

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