This morning, like the last 10 mornings, I sat in my big comfy reading chair I put in my new favorite spot. The chair’s new spot lets me look out my new french doors – 24 feet of windowed wonderfulness and because I can see both south and east I can watch the sun come up over the trees. It’s a great way to start my morning and today, as I looked at, and out, these windows I have waited 13 years to get, I thought about how in about an hour the contractor’s crew is going to be here to take them out. Continue reading
The last post in my Fireplace series described the basic process involved in framing a fireplace surround. In this post it is time to cover up all that work and hang some slate.
We have a lot of fun here at LIfe&Ink, don’t we. And you know, I am being only slightly sarcastic when I say that because it really is fun to see the surround come together and getting the slate installed, the slate I purchased a decade ago, yes, 10 years ago, is well, it’s the stuff awesome is made of.
So, here goes it. My first ever vertical tiling job. My only tiling before this project was installing the slate in front of the fireplace. Continue reading
There is one common denominator in every DIY project I have ever done and that is the project has always been inspired by an idea, that comes to me in the form of an image that I can see in my imagination. This idea comes as a flash, sometimes when I am looking at the specific space and sometimes not. But what is consistent about these flashes is the image is clear and is consistent with my design sense and I am fed with the desire to make that image real. Unfortunately these flashes of inspirational images have yet to come to me with step by step directions. How to bring what I see in my head to life, well that has been the challenge, and the delight, of my DIY experience. Continue reading
The story of our current family room remodel begins with a giant fireplace.
It was a brick monstrosity.
It measured eight feet high.
Six feet wide.
Two feet deep.
It was so large the firebox held our 36″ TV…
It was the brick fireplace that ate our family room. Continue reading
Oh how I love construction. Well, in this case destruction, because it means change is happening.
From the day I first walked through our house, more than 13 years ago, I envisioned a wall of french doors leading from the family room to the backyard.
That is now happening.
So much has been happening here I haven’t been able to organize my thoughts let alone sit down and write about them.
I refaced all our kitchen cabinets.
I built a fireplace surround and a bookcase.
And will build another bookcase once the doors are installed.
The entire back of my house, more than 30 feet, is being demolished.
And I am on cloud 9.
And soon, soon when my busy brain can settle down I want to share what I have learned about the projects I have been doing.
Oh it is great fun making what you want to happen, happen!
I’ll be back soon!