We took a short break here at the Homeplace to count our blessings, celebrate our Savior, and recover from colds! Yup we were kinda sniffly but mostly happy! If you have to be sickly it helps to have family to love on you, warm drinks to soothe, and a cozy fire to cheer you! Which brings me to…..
Ain’t she purty!
Now, now don’t panic! I haven’t lost it. This is what our fireplace looked like when we first toured the house. Very lack luster and (you can’t see from this angle but) it had large holes in the sheetrock on each side and of course the makeshift closets flanking each side. Clearly, this space had recently been used as a bedroom.
Fret not, it is a bedroom no more! You can’t see it in the picture because they are hidden behind dark curtains, but just past each closet rod are beautiful oversized french doors which lead to the dining room!!
Therefore, we reclaimed this room as a living room and its main need was a fireplace and mantle overhaul! Now, we originally hoped that there would be brick behind the sheetrock but no such luck. The sheetrock, which we surmise was installed in the eighties when this house was moved here from in town, was not speaking to me. Well maybe it was speaking to me, but all it was saying was blah!
SOooo…we decided to replace the surround with lap and gap and then completely reconstruct the mantel. Hubby and his Dad routered the edges of 1x4s one weekend and then the priming, sanding, painting, installing, and caulking began.
Hubby took several mantel ideas that I found on Pinterest and tweaked/combined them to fit the scale of our living room with its high ceilings.
Yes, I know I am so very blessed to have him. I can’t draw worth a lick. So, I struggle to explain my ideas, gesture with my hands a lot, show him pictures ( and then say, “but not exactly like that more like this”), followed by more gesturing. Somehow, eventually he gets me. It is one of the many reasons that I know God chose him specifically for me! Hallelujah I am soooo grateful!!
The process took us about a week working in the afternoons after school.
Here is a time-lapse video of the progress.
Lastly, here is the finished product! Just in time for the holidays!
Hurray for warm hands and feet, flickering flames and fireside cocoa and coffee!!!
We welcome 2019 with grateful hearts! As we look forward with positive attitudes, goals , and dreams may we always remember lean on the Lord and lend a hand to our neighbor!