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The Fireplace Remodel: Part 2

5 Feb

It’s been a couple weeks since I shared the latest update on the fireplace remodel.  Our handy many electrician had some serious work to do while tackling this project but he has done a heck of a job!  It is still not complete since the bluestone mantel hasn’t arrived and we have some patch work to do but it’s complete enough to watch the Patriots today!

It’s almost complete!  I will be sure to share the end result as soon as we are finished.


The Fireplace Remodel: Part 1

26 Jan

I mentioned last week that we are currently making some changes to our house.  So to give you a glance at what is going on, here are a few photos of the fireplace.  Please note that myself nor my husband are very “handy.”  I try to act like I am since my Dad and brother build homes for a living but truth be told I am a better project manager (managing people while their working – ha)!

The Beginning

This is what the fireplace looked like before we did anything to the house.  Lovely, eh?

The Demo

That same day my dear husband decided he wanted to see what was underneath the wood paneling so he began to dismantle the paneling 20 minutes before he had to leave to train.

The Middle

Where did the mantel go?  Well funny you ask.  While Adam was “demo-ing” his big muscles literally ripped the fireplace off the wall so we had to replace about 6 layers of brick.  Apparently the fireplace was poorly built so it turned out to be a good thing!

We are currently waiting to paint the back wall and for a piece of bluestone to come in to finish off the fireplace.  So for now, there is no end result but stay tuned, hopefully we will be up and running this week!


21 Jan

I’ve totally been M.I.A for almost 2 weeks.  Why you ask?  We moved (thank you JESUS)!

Moving while 9 months pregnant… not as easy as I thought it was going to be but I am thankful that the house is coming along.  Between painting, demolition and trying to live in the house, it’s been a long week thus far.  So please stay with me, I have some great before and after picture that will be coming soon.

One question that still makes me shake my head… why would ANYONE ever paint over wallpaper?

Looks like fun, right?

Throw Pillow Markover

11 Jan

I don’t want to sound like I am tooting my own horn but I am going to be honest; I think I am good at a lot of things.  For example, according to my husband I am a good cook but I totally admit I am not a great cook.  I believe God blessed me with many things I am good at but not a few particular things I am great at.  Another example would be that my husband is a phenomenal basketball players and I am just a good basketball player (yes, I’ve beat him in P.I.G. before – ha)!

Anyways, I’v had many dreams of being super creative when it comes to decorating our home, turning old pieces of furniture into new ones and re-doing certain items that just look old or out dated.  But the truth is, the creative genes never made it to my body.  I am just not that creative and I am totally fine with that.  Although I may not be that creative I have still found a way (slowly but surely) to do what I want to do in a “not-so-creative-way.”  Think of it as DYI for The Non-Creative Type!

So what was my first project?  Recovering our throw pillows for the couch.  These pillows have seen better days.  The colors don’t fit our living room nor our couch and the material is miserable.  So I went to pick out some fabric and had no luck.  I ventured over to J.C. Penny is hopes to find some new curtains and found a 50” X 84” beauty for only $2.97.  The problem, they only had 1.  But just then light bulb went off.  I decided to purchase the curtain and use it as fabric for my pillows.  When I brought it home I thought to myself, “What am I doing?  I don’t even know how to sew?”  Well I taught myself how to thread the bobbin and needle with the help of YouTube and read a tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow pocket and started cutting, pinning and sewing.  A few laughs and a couple hours later I had 3 brand new throw pillows!  I even surprised myself on how cute they look.

So for my first remodeled project, here are my beautiful (not so perfectly even) throw pillows!