I’m so excited to finally have a pretty fireplace to look at, she has been a couple months in the making due to the availability of materials, various pieces of equipment and tools, helpful family members, and my inability to make a decision on what I wanted to actually put on the mantel. In any case, she is at a point where I’m satisfied. I still want to add a galvanized basket to put blankets in by one of the bottom corners…but again, I can’t decide which one and who knows when I will make a decision! I may need some help from you guys on which looks better :-).
In January I wrote my very first blog post here and talked a little bit about the Lumberjack themed party that we held for Jack’s 2nd birthday. I included a few pics in the post, but I neglected to include a pic of our mantel that we had decorated…on purpose. Don’t worry I’ve included a couple below –
[right]I strategically hung the banner over a bunch of holes that are in the wall and that cutie patootie in the frame is where I focus most of my attention as his momma. However, without our normal sign that typically hangs just above his picture and whatever decor I’m feeling at the moment, there is a huge eye sore…see all that smoke stain from candles? Yikes![/right]
I wish I had before pictures of the floor surrounding the fireplace to show you, but Ben started working on this sooner than I had expected and I didn’t get a shot. If I had, you’d see that there was a jagged gap between the laminate wood flooring and the slab that leads up the fireplace, not very cute. Needless to say when Ben said he was willing to try doing something new to the fireplace I JUMPED at the offer! Before Jack was born and we painted his room, I had suggested doing an accent wall with wood. Ben looked at me like I was crazy…so I was kind of surprised that he was on board with this, but no need to question when something is going my way :-).
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The following list details what we did, or should I say what Ben did with a little help from his dad. My only assistance with this project was staining the wood, vocalizing what I liked and didn’t like, and throwing the decor up there. That being said, trying to get the nitty gritty details of how this was done from Ben was …fun, as some of you may imagine :-). I’d ask “so what did you do next?” Then he would reply with something vague like “I put it up.” SO, if you have questions, just ask…and I’ll ask Ben!
Huge shoutout to my hubby for volunteering to do this AND for finishing it to my liking. Not including the mantel décor, this project was under $200 for us. Also a special thanks to his dad for popping over to help and to his brothers for having some of the equipment that we needed! Now…onto trying to fix the farmhouse style table that we started…