Decor By Paul

The Fireplace In "Corduroy"

These Clients, had a Fireplace in their Chicago Condo that they really liked and were unable to find someone to duplicate in their new home in Elgin.
We met at Thybony Paints & Wall Paper in Andersonville, while I was working on the Thybony Display. Robert mentioned their dilemma and I decided this might be another "Great Challenge". When I saw the existing Fireplace, I knew that I was up for it. While I would have to make some special tools to accomplish the finish to be applied, I didn't see any problem with bringing their Vision to fruition.

We started with a blank wall 
and typical real estate carpet 
on the floor.
Now we add the rest of the fireboard.

With the base taping completed, I am ready to apply the Corduroy Plaster Finish.
Here we can see the detail
of the finished Fireplace.
With The Fireplace now completed and decorated for Christmas, The Clients are ecstatic about the final result!
Here we have The Fireplace roughed in along with the 
New Ebony Floor.
We're finished adding the fireboard base.

After making the tools necessary to create the Corduroy Finish in plaster, I am installing the Surface.
Just Completed Fireplace.

This Project turned out to be one of the more satisfying projects to date. I think because others said it couldn't be done. Also, being an inventor, I never believe that something can't be done. We just have to figure it out. 

The bottom half has the"Corduroy Finish" while the upper portion is a smooth surface. We did incorporate a very strong mounting point for the Mirror.

Of course, The Clients are very pleased with the look of their New Fireplace and we're told that the Fireplace provides Great warmth on chilly nights.

Shown here is the other side roughed in with Fireboard on 
the face.

Now we start finishing the joints.
The Corduroy Surface is completed. Now it gets 
a coat of primer to be topped 
off with Muralo Ultra White
in Semi-Gloss.

Built in Art Pedestal
In the future, if the clients wanted to add firewood box on the side, there is plenty of room to accomplish that.