Friday, December 14, 2012

The NEW project

Remember when I said, "stay tuned" at the conclusion of the last post?  Well, it's time to change the channel.
My basement is complete.  Kevin won the bet.  Last Sunday, my living room looked like the above picture.  By the end the evening, it looked like this:

Notice the mantel is missing.  The fireplace trim is missing.  The wood that you see we discovered was simply a vinyl veneer adhered to sheet-rock.  What you can't really see is the wire mesh that now covers the sheet-rock.  If you look closely, you can see some stone laying in front of the fireplace.

That pointy piece of wood to the right side?  That will be a shelf.  Kevin found this photo below online:

And this is his goal for our fireplace. It's beautiful, and I like it.  However, I'm hosting Christmas on the 23rd.  I want this project FINISHED by the 23rd. I want my house "normal" by Christmas!

Our project will be amended, because our fireplace sits on a slanted wall in the corner and we'll use pine instead of oak.  But Kev insists that he'll be finished by the 23rd.  He's the only one in our house who thinks he can have it finished by the 23rd, and he's rather indignant that  none of us think he can get it done in 14 days.  

I'm annoyed by the whole project.  Why?  Because before we had the carpet laid, I asked him if he wanted to take down the fireplace mantle so the carpet would be all nice and flush and even.  "Nope" was his response, because he wasn't going to do anything else to the house.
That lasted 4 days.
And now my living room is tore up.  Again...


Karin said...

I feel your pain - we did that to the bathroom - our ONLY bathroom - a few days before Christmas and a houseful of company. Can I just say that I WISH DH would help me tie into the rest of the house like y'all are doing. Living in the chaos is hard, but I would be thrilled to see SOMETHING happening. I need to tie into it myself, but I am afraid I am going to be biting off more than I can chew and the ceiling might fall down. What you've done so far looks amazing and I love that fireplace picture.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Can't wait to see the finished project. Of course, I am prejudiced, but I am on Kev's side - even if it's not
TOTALLY finished in time. Not sure where he will put the stone shelf. Angling the shelves for the corners could get a bit tricky, but he can do it!

Anonymous said...

Whoops! I misread - the pointy piece is wood, not stone. Senior moment!