Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Basement fireplace progress!

Hello all! Thankfully I am on the mend and feeling so much better -- thank you for the well wishes! We've had a little bit of progress on the basement fireplace and I'm excited to show you how it looks. My plan all along was to have a more modern look to the fireplace down here. We were thrilled to get that started a couple weeks ago when we had that area drywalled for the electric fireplace: 
electric fireplace built in

You can see more about that change and the flooring (that I LOVE) here. Having that wall done already made a big difference!

I started thinking though...which is dangerous...and was wondering if I wanted such a modern look down here. We had always planned to add a wood mantel but I started thinking it would be nice to add a hearth too. The shape of that bay window is a perfect spot for it. 

The fireplace has sat open on that bench for years so when we put it back in front of the wall it kind of felt right -- like there should be a break right there. I searched online and found stone fireplaces with and without hearths and we decided we definitely wanted the more traditional look of a hearth. 

We had the mantel and hearth added and now my fun begins! I wanted the mantel to look like one large piece of wood so it is mitered together:  
chunky wood mantel

I've started filling holes but that's it at this point. I'm considering distressing it just a bit -- just to make it not so perfect. What do you think? Distressing usually stresses me out.

This filler is supposed to be the bomb: 
stainable hole filler

I haven't found a stainable filler I love so I'll let you know how this turns out. 

I showed you the stone I found before but here's some better pics: 
stacked stone for fireplace

We LOVE it! (I'll be installing trim around the fireplace before I tile so it won't go right up to the box.) I love the varying colors and that it has so much texture to it. All of the other (affordable) stacked stone I've found comes in rectangular pieces so it doesn't feel as natural to me when installed. 

I like that these interlock: 
stacked stone tile for fireplace

It just feels very organic and think it will work great! And NO grouting -- whoohoo! 

I've only purchased a couple boxes so far -- this tile is cheaper than many I've found but will still be an investment! I'll order a larger quantity when the budget allows. 

Here's the name of this stuff at Lowe's if you are interested in checking it out: 
desert quartz tile Lowe's

I plan to start at least the hearth this week! I got ready-made mortar which is the BOMB. I have mixed that before and will gladly pay more for ready-made stuff.

First I need to finish filling the holes and then stain the mantel and hearth top:
building a basement fireplace

Oh my, I am SO EXCITED to see this come together! The changes on this small wall have completely changed the feel of the whole basement. We are giddy. 

I need to get this done before the holidays so we can set up the tree next to it. I can't wait to decorate that mantel with some rustic Christmas touches too: 
basement fireplace with hearth and mantel

My one last thing to figure out -- I know eventually I want to add crown molding to the basement -- I'm trying to decide if I should just go ahead and install that first and butt the crown up against it or install it over the top. The tile is so thick I think I'd rather install it over the top but I'll have to do some experimenting. 

I like to share the progress of big projects because as many of you know, around here they don't happen overnight. Or over a month. ;) I share in between updates on Instagram so if you are on IG be sure to check that out! 

If any of you have used this tile or something similar and have any tips I'd love to hear them! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

October before and after projects! (Link up your own!)

Hello all! I've been sick for the past four days and am finally feeling a bit better today. It was so odd -- I'd feel OK, then not, then OK, then really not. It's been years since I've been this sick but I am hoping I'm finally on the mend.

Because I've obviously started losing it a little in my old age and I forgot about the monthly before and after link up again this month...I'm getting it up today. Let's just say I'll aim for the first Monday of the month but I may just surprise you...who knows when it will be? I like to keep you on your toes.

As always, I like to share some of the awesome projects that were linked up last month before we kick off this one. And as always, there were some amazing projects shared!

Sue's kitchen renovation was dramatic and turned out beautifully:
white kitchen gray backsplash tile
I LOVE her backsplash tile! This is such a bright, pretty space. 

Kim and her husband created the coolest pegboard storage wall for her son: 
awesome DIY peg board wall
You'll have to see how they are using it -- this thing is awesome! (And I love that they painted the ends of the pegs different colors.) I'm thinking this may work for all the Nerf guns in our house!

Emily's kitchen renovation consisted of a few changes that made a big difference! Light gray cabinets, new lights and that awesome laundry door look great:
light gray cabinets white kitchen

I'm always intrigued at what's going on at Kammy's house. They uncovered a root cellar and landscaped around it:
root cellar with landscaping

And now I want a root cellar! This turned into such a lovely spot! (You have to see the before pics to see how far it's come.)

I LOVE Breann's DIY driveway sign:
DIY driveway sign

She shares all the steps for the structure and the sign in the post. This is too cute. 

Carli made over her daughter's room into a sweet space with great functionality: 
preteen girl room

Her daughter is precious and her reaction was adorable too. :) 

Karrah saw a hall table she loved and worked with a fellow blogger to come up with plans for this piece: 
coastal table with rope

I love the coastal vibe the ropes add to this table! You all never disappoint with fun, useful and pretty projects! 

If you'd like to be included in next month's round up, please either include a link to TDC or you can copy and paste this code into your post: 

<div align="center"><a href="" title="TDC Before and After" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="TDC Before and After" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Now let's see what you've been up to this month! I'd love to see some fall projects! :)