Fire place mural – Care Home, Elstree

In the dining room of the care home is an old fire place which has been filled in. Once this would have been the focal point of the room, but it had been painted over to try and blend in with the wall and was rather insignificant now. They have no plans to turn it back into a functional fireplace, but wanted to create the illusion of one.
We decided on a painted fire in the lower half as this is what would have been there were this a working fire place. We made the top section into a shelf, to include books and games, as the dining room is also used for recreational activities.
Painting on bricks was a new challenge for me, but it didn’t take me long to adapt to the new surface. There is a real difference in the dining room now. The painted fire really gives the room a more cosy feel.