For those of you who were expecting pictures of our installed fireplace, I instead present to you WHY we are getting a fireplace installed. While I have to laugh at American news grabbing breaking footage of someone snowblowing a 1/2" of snow, I am becoming more convinced that there is such thing as a polar vortex (as compared to just another winter), here are some photos to convince you too.
If that doesn't want to make you curl up in front of a fireplace, I don't know if your head is on straight. I have chicken skin (aka goose bumps) just looking at these pictures. I haven't even gone outside yet!
Don't get me wrong, I do love the snow. That is why I moved to this town. But with a new kid who isn't quite ready to hit the ski hill with his parents, we haven't been able to enjoy the snow as much the past two winters. So this year, when we have a foot of snow overnight... and then another foot of snow over night again, I can honestly say that I'm ready for summer. I really am.
And this commercial? Ya, I can relate.
Happy Winter Living, my friends!
Have a Seat
I inherited this coffee table from my Oma and Opa, and while it was in rough shape, I couldn't handle see it going to the dump. I decided to give it new life and new purpose. It would become a bench seat.
I missed a couple photos of the next step so bare with me. I then took a twin fitted sheet and stapled the crap out of it to the underside of the table, covering the mattress pad and underlay. If I were to do this over again, I would use a much thicker fabric. But that would mean I will have to un-staple the crap out of this. So for now, it'll do. My boy loves standing on it when we play fussball. So if he loves it, so do I.
Happy Trial and Error!
It felt like we had a long streak only to be broken by some more renovations. It started out as finishing the basement bathroom and then it turned into replacing the fireplace our living room and everything around it. Apparently, we are back at it, in full swing!
We had picked out a fireplace a while ago, but we weren't sure if we would go with the black surround or the stainless. I thought the black surround would be a little too much black, and was cheering for the stainless surround, while Adam was all for the black surround.
Instead of the stainless surround, I could deal with the fireplace accessories being stainless.
Much more lickable.
So with that decided and ordered, we had to replace the sexy black tile that wasn't great but wasn't bad enough to piss me off every time I looked at it. Too bad we had to extend our hearth to comply with current building standards, and were forced to delete the black tiles. So this is what we had, and what it will become.
Here are the guys, hard at work building out the hearth and getting ready to tile it. They added two- 2x4s on the front to get to the proper size hearth, and one- 2x4 on the side so the rock we will be putting on won't protrude over the hearth, That would just look odd.
Since it was a concrete floating hearth, it was pretty simple- just drill into the concrete and screw on the 2x4s and concrete board.
Then again, I didn't do it, so there was probably a lot more that went into that. I'll just leave all that up to the professionals. I know there were issues cutting the concrete board, as it heated up the saw so much, and cutting tiles just seems like something to leave to someone who knows what they are doing. Maybe one day I will attempt a tile DIY project.
But it will be on something that can be easily redone if it needs it!
In addition to my joy that it is finally coming together, I just can't wait to curl up in front of a blazing fire with my lovely family and be warm and cozy. Thursday can't come soon enough!
Ants on a Blog
By Jena Keenan