Strange things in our house #1: the red fireplace
Our new house is full of weird and wonderful things. The previous owner was a carpenter; in every place he could build some sort of cupboard or wooden structure, he did.
One of the strangest of these is the fireplace in our bedroom (not my toddler posing in it, who is clearly the best thing in the entire house). In case you *really* can’t tell from the photo, it’s a white wooden surround with glass tiles. And in case you were wondering, it never gets any easier on the eye. It’s so very 80’s,
and just so… red.
Eliza’s room still has the original, beautiful, cast iron fireplace. I can’t quite get my head around the fact that at some point someone decided to take a similar one out of our room and thought ‘I know! Let’s replace it with a glass tiled affair. In a really bold colour.’
The long-term plan is to put an original fireplace back in, but it falls pretty far down a to-do list that currently includes a new kitchen, new bathroom and an indoor play tent.
The red fireplace does have one fairly useful function though; a ledge on which we can put things.
So my question is this. Is it worth the effort of painting it over in a neutral colour, or should we just admit defeat and rip it out now? What does everyone think?
Still to come in this series: the massive brutalist wall unit and the double cupboard (a cupboard within a cupboard, no less).
(Also, doesn’t ‘The Red Fireplace’ sound quite like a Game of Thrones episode?)