February 16, 2012

Fireplace Shoe Install

I have a quick update for you on the finishing touches of our living room fireplace. In 2011, we replaced the tile on the hearth, painted the dirty, brown brick white, and painted the brass screen a dark oil-rubbed bronze (ORB). There was just one item remaining … the shoe molding to cover the gap where the brick and tile meets the wood floor.

You can see the bottom of the brick doesn’t sit right on the floor, but rather sits next to it causing a little gap. So, we couldn’t get a perfect paint line along the floor.

Meanwhile, the tile of the hearth actually sits about a half inch above the wood floor. So, the rough tile edge was visible on all 3 sides.

Joey bought the shoe molding in a natural wood grain and got a little bit of stain that closely matched the floors. He stained on the molding and then applied a couple layers of poly on top. He nailed the shoe to the floor and used a little matching wood putty to fill the nail holes.

It finishes the look off nicely doesn’t it? I thought it made an immediate difference. I love FINISHED projects!

Here is a close-up shot of where the tile meets the brick. The tile actually sticks out a hair past the brick. So, Joey had to make the inside of the molding narrower where it ran along the tile and wider where it ran along the brick. It worked well so that the outside edge of the molding was straight all the way around.

Same thing on the other side…

The molding looks like it’s just always been a part of the room since it matches the floor so well. Pretty nice!

And this is one item we can check off the 2012 to-do list!

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