Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ever Have One Of Those Months?

I have this thing... I like to sort of plan things out.  And if I'm real ambitious draw them or bash something into making them happen.  But every now and then something stalls me and I get a bit paralyzed trying to figure out what to do and how to make something happen.  I have so much information I can't decide because I worry about making the wrong choice.

The month of March was kinda like that.

It didn't help that my husband and I are setting a new household record for sinus problems.  An issue which has not abated one darn bit.  (Thank you North Texas, I hate you right back.)  And I spent most of my time on the couch looking at pictures of what I want to do.  I had no energy and when I did start thinking of my build my brain went in so many directions I immediately got overwhelmed and sat back down on the couch to think some more.

March has not been a productive month to say the very least.  I don't think I like March anymore.

But this weekend I finally decided I was going to do something, even if I ended up trashing it and starting over.  I had to do something

So I started working on the fireplace.  And I was pleasantly surprised to have it going well.  So I started on the built ins on either side.  One of them has to fit up against the window seat cabinets and the other has to fit against the bathroom wall. 

After a few miscalculations I got something working.  Obviously the fireplace isn't finished yet. I need to add another beam with some detail above the tile and just under the mantle.  I also have to finish the hearth, build and finish the chimney and back of the fireplace but I'm feeling pretty pleased with how it looks so far.

I need to add some grout to my tiles too.  They're a little wonky looking now just glued in and need some grout to even out the top and fill in the holes.
The mantle isn't glued in place either.

Obviously still some work to do, but here's how the window seat built ins will fit up against the side of the fireplace shelves.  I want to find or make some long fireplace matches in a fancy box to go in that tall skinny space.



I'm planning on staining the woodwork a nice oak or a golden cherry. Not sure yet.  But I'll paint the storage containers in complimentary colors rather than leave them stark white.

I still need to glue everything into place and then it'll sit for a bit while I figure out how to hinge the wall.  I'll put in flooring and then glue the bench into place.   

I'm curious as to whether or not I should do a hanging barn style door or a pocket door to the bathroom.  I don't want a standard hinged door because it'll take up a lot of space.

At least I made some progress this weekend.  How are the rest of you doing?

12 comments:

  1. Looking good! I love the color of the tiles. Is that the color scheme you'll use throughout the house?

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    1. I want to use those colors yes. I have more of the tiles so I was thinking I'd use them as the kitchen backsplash too.

      Thanks!

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  2. Looks like both of us kicked the building block out the same weekend. :D Well done!

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    1. Thanks! Felt good to accomplish something.

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  3. Looking forward to see this project. It looks promising!

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    1. Thanks! I'm just glad to be moving forward.

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  4. I really like your fireplace tiles! They do look perfect for the Arts and Crafts era! The room looks very cozy and welcoming!

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    1. Oh thank you! I fell in love with the colors.

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  5. The built ins look great around the fireplace, and the tiles have a really nice finish! I understand about the stalling part... when one thing won't work I can't seem to move on to anything else. Glad to see you were about to keep going! Oh, and hope your feeling better!

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    1. Thanks! I really am looking forward to getting them stained and glued together.

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