Completed projects:

roof, kitchen, master bedroom, main bathroom (sans shower tile), fireplace, hardwood flooring, windows, office, front entry, stairway

Ongoing projects:

shower surround, dapping/painting woodwork, ensuite vanity/lights/mirror, painting outdoor trim, finishing front entry tile work, interior door painting and hardware, decorating

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fireplace mantel and updates

When this reno project started, my friend Dan did a walk through upstairs to view the exciting changes. Then he asked me what the focal point in the room was. I figured it was the old brick fireplace. Then the artsy dreams started spinning. Dan's part in this reno is to help me tweak the fireplace into something I only dreamed about!

The idea is to take some cultured stone and cover the brick and carry it up to the ceiling in old world form. No straight lines per say, but gently curve it up, adding a gentle curve to the opening overhead as well.

Also, a new mantle would be in order! Dan created this rustic chunky dreamy mantle by means of his router on precision board with added hand carving detail. It is exquisite, whimsical and very original!

I stopped in there knowing the fireplace may be installed before the floors go in. It was time to continue with the mantle. I was delighted to find, it needed more than paint, which is all I had planned to do. It needed tooling as well!

This is a wire brush attachment that fits on a cordless screwdriver. I roughed up the 'wood grain' so the various colours of paint will imbed, adding wonderful realistic wooded detail. Those that know me know how much I LOVE power tools so I was only too happy to kick up major dust (I was covered head to toe in snow). Stay tuned for the mantel continuation! And thanks Dan and Janis, for this extremely cool addition to a house I'm going to LOVE very shortly!


Vic and Jeremy worked on insulation and drywall yesterday. They brought it right up to the cupboards in the kitchen. I've been staring at bare wall studs for quite awhile now with plenty of ventilation so this made a huge impact on comfort and visual! It looks so clean!

Vic also helped me paint where I couldn't reach via that tall wall where the stairs are. So for those interested, Vic also paints! This guy really does it all.

Many thanks you two!

And I finished painting upstairs! This weekend I hope to box up the kitchen and other stuff and move it downstairs so I'll take a picture when the junk is out of the way.

Thursday proved to be a short school day as the kids got out at 11:30. So Cody had the opportunity to go to Alex's house for the day and then both boys came here at 3pm. I'm so amazed how when you give these two some felts and a dry erase board, they draw for hours! I was concerned where they could possibly play in this mess of a house but they magically stayed put in Cody's clean bedroom and had a blast. I was so pleased for them.

Go go go! On we go!!!! This is just way too much fun!

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