Basement Fireplace Update - Tiles, Planks, and a Stair Railing


Saturday, January 7, 2017

In my last basement renovation post I shared a picture of the fireplace area all dry-walled and looking ready for lanterns and baskets finishing materials.

To save a large chunk of $$$ we decided to use the existing gas stove. Even with some inspiration pictures I was having a hard time visualizing what the area would look like with tile and a fireplace mantel. 

Inspiration pictures: 

Left: A Beautiful Mess, Right: Unknown
Layla from The Lettered Cottage, who is pretty much a decorating and Photoshop genius, helped me visualize everything when she took my above picture and photo-shopped it into something from my dreams. #allthehearteyes

Source: The Lettered Cottage

She was able to use images of our tile selections to help us see how they would all work together. We chose three large 24" x 24" porcelain tiles for the hearth. In the fireplace box we chose the same tile but in a mosaic pattern. We were also required to have tile around the front of the fireplace wall so I chose three large, wood-look floor tiles to make it look like wooden planks.

Ceregres - Wood 2 Collection - Dust - Size 24" x 24"

Ceregres - Wood 2 Collection - Dust - Size 12" x 24" Mosaic Sheets

Ceregres - ECollection - Ibirapuera Patina - Size 8" x 48"

I really loved how Layla's inspiration picture had wood planks / panels covering the entire wall with a simple mantle / ledge. So we went for it! Oh, except I used horizontal planks instead of vertical! Here is where we are at as of this morning. Keep in mind that we still need to add trim around the floor tile, trim around the plank wall, and we still need to add a mantel with corbels. 

Basement Progress
Can you hear me singing?!?

Let's take a look at the before, before pictures just for fun.

Original Basement Photo:

And here are the side-by-side progress photos:

Well, there you have it. This ten year (okay, six year) basement renovation is so close to being done. I've got some mantel ideas that I'd love to share soon. Does this mean that I'm back to blogging?!?


Hello New Year, and Goodbye White Couches


Sunday, January 1, 2017

So. Let's all pretend that it's only been a week (and not an entire year) since I last posted. It's not like you missed much - basically we're still working on all of the projects that we were last year at this time. Let's not focus on the whys. Let's focus on some random positives, m'kay?

Positive #1. 

I went back to work in September but I'M STILL ON HOLIDAYS FOR ANOTHER WEEK. I'm sorry for shouting but I'm very excited about it. I will drink all the coffee and wear all the pajamas and tell the kids to play with their toys from Santa instead of putting plastic cellophane on their heads and playing ghosts. Why?!? Why?!?!?!?!?

Positive #2. 

We made some progress on our ugly side entryway this weekend. We sanded, caulked, primed, and painted a lot of trim. It was the most boring project of all time but we muscled through and got it done. Finally! My last post about it was in December of 2015!!!!!

Positive #3.

I have eight more days to eat glorious, unhealthy food (mmm cheese, I love you chocolate, two heaping teaspoons of brown sugar in my coffee you are my BFF) before I am back on the kale-eating-wagon.   

Back to the couches. We have had white, slip-covered Ikea couches for eons. I loved them. I raved about them. I washed them a lot. After something like twelve years, I gave up. My two ninja-like children seemed to find any and every way to get their grubby peanut butter fingers on them whenever I wasn't looking. It just became too. much. work. to keep them clean. About a month ago, my world was turned upside down. We ordered light beige slipcovers from Ikea.   

Light beige. So weird. Here is a picture of the cover from the Ikea website. They are the Ektorp sofa covers and the colour is called Lofallet Beige. 


They are really nice. I'm still getting used to them though! And I want to shout from the rooftops that the few marks and stains that the covers have acquired since we got them (those children again, ahem) have come clean with a baby wipe.  

I'd love to take some pictures of the new couch covers but we've got a bit of a Christmas explosion to deal with first. Maybe next week when I'm on holidays I can clean it all up? Bahahahahaha. That was funny.

By the way, how've you been?
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