The heart of the home. Well, maybe the second heart of the home after the kitchen? Anyhow our fireplace is huge and made from solid granite. Today I removed more of the bright yellow gloss paint from the stonework and continued to improve the lime pointing. The section at the bottom was completely missing. I’ve only just got around to completing the back of the hearth after fitting the granite hearthstones last year! added new stones and fixed them in place with the lime mortar.
Here are some before and after pics of the Fireplace
The colour of the lime is a little too white and not quite enough mortar is showing. This was my first attempt with a premixed mortar. I didn’t realise back then how much lime pointing I’d be doing on this project. So I’ve had to research hard and learn fast. The recent update to the bottom of the hearth shows a much better job in my opinion. I now need to tone down the white and maybe go over a few sections to improve this earlier work. Always learning. Here is a link to the post about our first burn in the ESSE stove