Transformation Tuesday: It’s All About Fireplaces

 

Today on the blog, we are going to sit a spell around the fireplace and chat about the Victorian era fireplace in my new home, which was built in 1920, and the transformation of the 1980 fireplace in the last house that the hubby and I renovated. Thank goodness, we do not have to renovate or restore in our current home like we did in our last one! That monster project took a toll on my nerves and my wallet *smile*

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I fell in love with the fireplace in the parlor as soon as I saw this late 19th or early 20th century Victorian era ornamental cast iron, deep relief summer cover with matching surround. Its days of burning coal are long gone, but its beauty still remains.

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One of my favorite types of molding is the Egg-and-Dart. I love sitting in the parlor imagining all the stories that were told around this fireplace. No interruptions from text messages, emails, or Facebook notifications.

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Before the hubby cleaned the tiles with baking soda and a razor blade–along with several other concoctions–the tiny ceramic pieces were dull black from many years of coal dust and neglect. Now, they are dazzling shades of greens.

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The parlor is coming along nicely. The hubby painted the walls a couple of weeks after we moved into our renovated 1920 home. Y’all know I love color so I had to punch up the room with “Aloe” in Satin by Sherwin Williams. We decided to use the “SuperPaint” Paint and Primer in One because the tall walls combined with the rough texture needed a superior one-coat coverage. Normally, I am a Behr or Valspar girl; however, I have to admit that Sherwin Williams impressed the hubby and me with this paint and its excellent coverage with little spatter. Two Thumbs Up and Five Stars, Sherwin Williams!

Now, let’s take a look at a transformation Tuesday fireplace from the last house the hubby and I renovated.

I took this photo the day we toured the house. The hubby and I knew that the fireplace and its built-ins had potential. After walking through the entire house, we decided to tackle the approximate 3,000 square feet renovation. It was a lot of hard work and interesting conversations, but we lived to tell the tale.

I took this photo the day we toured the house. The hubby and I knew that the fireplace and its built-ins had potential. After walking through the entire house, we decided to tackle the approximate 3,000 square foot renovation. It was a lot of hard work and interesting conversations, but we finished the monster project and lived to tell the tale.

All she needed was some love, paint, a new mantel, and few other odds and ends to be as good as new--well, better than new *smile*

All she needed was some love, paint, a new mantel, and few other odds and ends to be as good as new–well, better than new *smile*

The finished product--the fireplace turned out better than we had imagined it!

The finished product–the fireplace turned out better than we had imagined it!

I loved this living room! The windows framed the view, the fireplace anchored the room, and the subtle color on the walls enhanced the oak floors. Good News--my new living room also has large windows and a fabulous fireplace--so, stay tuned to the blog for all the details and photos!

I loved this living room! The windows framed the view, the fireplace anchored the room, and the subtle color on the walls enhanced the oak floors. Good News–my new living room also has large windows and a fabulous fireplace–so, stay tuned to the blog for all the details and photos!

Don’t y’all just love fireplaces–where stockings are hung, tales are told, and buns are toasted! I know I do because they remind me of days gone by…sitting in a rocking chair inside my Grandmother and Granddaddy Fulcher’s house, eating homemade cookies (my Grandmother made the best tea cake and molasses cookies), and listening to stories about cousin so-and-so….I can only hope that I will tell stories as well as my grandparents and Uncle Mackie did!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about fireplaces. Be sure to connect with me on all my social media for all kinds of randomness and happenings.

 

Two Blondes and a Stan: Demolition Time

Abby having a bit of fun demolishing the "hers" side of the master bath

Abby having a bit of fun demolishing the “hers” side of the master bath

We began our new adventure…more like massive undertaking…hours after signing our names and initialing here (no less than fifty times).

The tasks before us were no surprise.  We had the inspection…we read the report…we could see all the problems with our own eyes, yet we were drawn to this place and its charm.

The living room required the least amount of work.  The fireplace renovation has been the main project.  We had a bit of a leak…that required us to tear out all the woodwork and mantel.

Since this photo, the bricks have been painted and glazed, a new mantel has been built and installed, and the TV has been mounted above the mantel.  There are still a few more finishing touches left to do…hopefully, soon.

Stan working diligently on the removal of the floating cabinets in the kitchen

Stan working diligently on the removal of the floating cabinets in the kitchen

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The master bedroom and bath are the largest of the projects that we face. There were two separate master baths…a his and a hers, both with large walk-in closets.  We decided to create one large master bath and a dressing room.  For now, the master bath is studs and bare floors because I have no inspiration for the design direction!

Removing the mirror surround...carefully!

Removing the mirror surround…carefully!

Abby stopping for a pose while Stan works...and there I am in the mirror...taking the photo...

Abby stopping for a pose while Stan works…and there I am in the mirror…taking the photo…

God has blessed me with a wonderful little family.  We took a leap of faith, accepted the challenge, and demolished.  Now, it is time to use the talents that we have been given to restore this house, to use our money wisely in its restoration, and to share with y’all the ups and downs and everything in between.

The "hers" side of the master bath...we are repurposing the cabinets for a workstation in the basement.

The “hers” side of the master bath…we are repurposing the cabinets for a workstation in the basement.

Mattie and Ziva decided that they would help with the demolition.

Mattie and Ziva decided that they would help with the demolition.

Mattie says that it's enough work for one day...and blogging!

Mattie says that it’s enough work for one day…and blogging!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today.  Be sure to keep up with all the peeks into the renovation on Facebook (press the “like” button on the sidebar to keep up with all the action), Twitter (press the “follow” button on the sidebar to keep up with all the randomness), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/thelollymolly).

Love and Hugs,

Chasidy