We've wanted a wood fireplace since we got our house. We weren't planning on getting one right away, but after one winter of our heating bills, we figured it would be worth our while to get one, as it would basically pay for itself in one season of heat.
Finally we found one that we liked- a modern wood insert. Of course, it was so new that it wasn't even made yet. That's how cutting edge we roll these days. We kept getting told it would be ready Novemeber, then not until December, then not until Spring 2014. Upon closer inspection, we realized that the one we were waiting for wouldn't even fit in our current fireplace! And that the smaller version of the same fireplace insert was available and has been for a while. Lame.
Now, I'm not even sure where we are at on getting this, but we ended up buying this sweet infrared heater that has been lovely having, and I don't feel so rushed into getting the insert after all this confusion. Adam and I have yet to agree on the optional stainless steel surround or the plain black...
What do you think? I'm pretty set on the stainless, while Adam is set on the black.
Anyways, as I don't feel a rush anymore, I decided to switch up our current fireplace draft blocker. Unfortunately, we still needed the draft blocker, so it progressed from having this...
I also was originally inspired by a fireplace I had seen on Houzz, where they had stacked a bunch of wood into the fireplace. If you can't burn it, at least pretend like you are ready to!
I got really inspired by this door mat I saw in Canmore a few months back. As awesome as it looks, it seemed impractical as a door mat, but it would be awesome on our fireplace!
Since we still needed to block the draft from our fireplace, my day dreams progressed into something a little more like this...
So I grabbed the large sticks that were waiting to become a stair rail, and started chopping. I guess we need to find another stick for the handrail project now...
Then came the fun part of screwing in every single piece of wood to the plywood. I don't know if you caught my sarcasm on that one, but that wasn't actually that fun.
Of course, I ran out of wood before I could completely cover the plywood, but I figured since it's winter now and we have about a foot or two of snow already, it may be a while before I can find a branch. So bear with me as I unveil the mostly finished product!
All in all, it added a really nice touch to the room, especially now that we've decorated for Christmas.
I love this season!
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By Jena Keenan