We're working on the pretty part of our fireplace:
The slate comes in two types of fun and heavy pieces...the 2 foot long flat pieces and the wonderfully assembled corners.
They all fit together like a nice slatey puzzle. Except that our fireplace is about two inches too wide to make this easy on us. Two corners and two flat pieces on the front leave this little gap:
Fortunately, the chimney is less than a foot deep, so cutting one flat piece roughly in half gives us enough for both sides and a little extra for the gaps.
More to come!