I decided to go with slate tile because it has a bit more of a modern feel. I hired a professional to install it and watched him carefully so I can give it a go next time (PS - that little guy isn't the professional).
Next, I tackled the enormously deep shelves (these were built in the 90's to hold those televisions with huge backs). I brainstormed the best renovation solution that would save me the most square footage, everything from hinged shelves to slicing the entire unit. Most options proved too costly and complicated so I decided to create a new wall and attached shelves to it.
Finally, the last step I took in my fireplace cabinet renovation was to get rid of the 80's mirror wall. I planned to replace it with a log wall. Rather than breaking the mirror I decided to paint it black (let's be honest, I was too superstitious to break it). I used this great PARA Ultra paint in black (it's so cool, it goes on grey and dries black and only required one coat).
Next I picked up some birch logs from a local farmer and cut them down to fit the depth of the shelf. I filled the entire unit with these logs and glued them to eachother and the wall as I went. I love how this turned out and I can't wait to share it with you.
One last thing, I added some wooden ornaments to the fireplace to add some interest.
fireplace cabinet makeover reveal.