Good Monday morning to you! Well, let’s hope that this morning isn’t an indication of how the rest of my week is going to go. I have projects…several projects…to share with you. Five projects, to be exact. Yes, I’ve been busy. I’ve been productive. But unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures to prove that!
My mom and I finished the wingback chair, and it looks gorgeous! But I failed to get a decent “after” picture of it. Bummer. I made a great little chalkboard and intended to deliver it to John & Alice’s house yesterday so I could hang it and get pictures for you. I didn’t, and I don’t think you’d want a picture of it sitting on my breakfast room floor. I made some cute little candlesticks that belong on John & Alice’s mantel. They’re currently sitting on my breakfast table.
You get the picture. I just couldn’t seem to get it all together this weekend. I’ll give myself a pass, since it was a weekend and all. But I sure hope my week is a bit more organized!
But over the weekend, I did take a few minutes here and there to look at some of the projects y’all linked up on Friday. And I saw one project that I feel almost certain is in my future.
Do you remember my mom’s living room? It currently looks like this…
The fireplace used to be a pinkish-orange brick…
Isn’t that awful!? Paint definitely did wonders for that fireplace. But I’ve always had this vision of covering it with a wood façade and possibly adding some pretty picture frame moulding to give it a cleaner, more traditional look. The problem, and the challenge, is that the mantel has a stair step brick design. I never could work out in my mind how to clad that part with wood without first chiseling away at some of those bricks.
Then I saw this post at The Pear Tree Cottage. They had a similar problem with their outdated brick fireplace. But they didn’t let it stop them from covering it a wood façade, and the results are absolutely stunning! Here’s how their fireplace looked when they moved in…
See the stair step brick mantel? Well, here’s what the fireplace looks like now…
Isn’t that beautiful?! They share the process right here.
Now my mom’s fireplace still presents a bit of a challenge, because where the fireplace above has a similar stair step brick design, there are only three rows of bricks that are stair stepped, and there’s a great deal of space between the mantel and the fire box. My mom’s fireplace has six rows of bricks that are stair stepped, and the bottom row sits just above the fire box.
Yeah. That’s SIX ROWS. Some 1960s brick layer was really trying to strut his stuff, wasn’t he?! What a pain! But now I’m confident that we can come up with a solution.
So perhaps this project will be added to the “to do” list. I’ll add it right after the tufted upholstered ottoman that I told my mom I’d made for her…two years ago.
So do you have any brilliant ideas on how to tackle these six rows of stair stepped bricks? Have you ever seen a fireplace like this clad in wood?