the finished brick fireplace

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A quick post to show the finished fireplace! Didn't it turn out great?! It looks like it has always been there, which was the point, and I guess since we used the original bricks in truth it always was there! It is a wonderful anchor for that end of the kitchen, and provides great texture for the room.

For your masonry education the bricks over the firebox that stand vertically are called "soldiers." The arch is called a "lock roll" and the two sets of three bricks (hard to see in the photos) that protrude out to hold the mantle are called "knees." Now you know everything I know about masonry!

This remodeling business can wear out a puppy dog! (I did not move a single toy for this photo!)