This project in Hammonton, NJ is not quite finished yet, but I couldn’t wait to share the before and after pictures to show how to freshen up a brick and mortar fireplace. Everyone is familiar with the red brick and black mortar, so dated, dark, and heavy. Should we demolish and start over? That was too messy to consider.
How about a beautiful stone veneer on top of the brick? Not in the budget. The transformation was inspired by the exposed brick walls you may see in Philadelphia row homes or lofts. I had a mason come and apply a light mortar right on top of the old, and leave mortar directly on top of the brick. The original mortar was inset deep enough that none of it had to be removed. No demo. The process only took a day. And it was the best decision for the budget. Look how it brightened the room!
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