Okay- we’re back at it in the living room this week! What once was half-sized:
…is now super-sized:
What fun to see it coming to life! The new hearth topper (a 2″ slab of limestone from Acme Brick) went down first, and then we started piecing the framework together.
Next up, we’ll paint the wood on the sides and bottom. (I’m taking one of the blue-gray boards to the paint store to have it color matched.) Then, we’ll install the rustic mantel beam (made out of 100-year-old rustic heart pine planks), and after that, our Spanish Fort bricks will go on top of the existing tile.
After that, we’ll attach and paint the crown molding, and build and install a white-painted mantel, complete with chunky, old corbels, underneath the rustic mantel beam.
And after that, it’ll be time to return to the restaurant. 😉
PS- I had a request to make the quotes at the top of my posts “Pin-able”, so just a heads up to let you know they’re clickable now. XO