Since the kitchen has been finished, we’ve taken a little break from house projects. This has been a nice respite after 7 solid months of house projects. It’s also been nice to just enjoy the house. We love our little house and how comfortable and beautiful it is.
We’re really done with most of the work (yay!) with the exception of a few things…
The fireplace mantle.
It’s boring and was just old dirty brick when we bought the house, here’s a before:
Once we were finished with the majority of the renovation, Mr. Project took out the wood stove and primed the existing brick:
Which took a much longer time than we thought it would… and a lot more primer. Then we dove into painting it a dark charcoal gray…
This is how it’s looked (minus the Halloween decorations) for the past 7 months.
But we have a vision for what we want it to look like… we want to create a big white mantle and then built-in bookshelves next to it. I drew some rough sketches, and Mr. Project translated them into this illustration:
So… if all goes well in the next several weeks, we’ll have a beautiful hearth area which will turn the existing blah fireplace into a beautiful focal point in the house.
Next up after the built-ins are the closet organizers. Right now we’re living with a $15 ikea clothes rack. I’ll be so excited when I can actually organize my closet and unpack my coats!
So that’s what we’re up to on the house. Hopefully I’ll be able to update sooner rather than later.