My husband’s been keeping secrets from me!
Who knew he could whip out a full-scale fireplace for me? One I’ve been visualizing for our master bedroom for over 4 years now.
It’s done. Finished. Completed.
Now let me wipe my drool, cause it’s everything I wanted, and more!
Frankly, I don’t know who I’m more proud of–the fireplace or my husband.
Well, my husband, of course!
But this means he’s in trouble…
More, and more projects to come, darling!!! (sorry)
Here’s how it came to be…
First, I started with an oversized (kinda ridiculous) master bedroom that longed to be filled. All 26 x 17 feet of it.
And it was filled…
First with a baby and baby crib. Then after that baby moved to a room, the second one came. Then a third one.
Four years passed and the wall with the crib became bare. (bittersweet)
And then the dog came.
Oh, those hideous dog crates.
So big. So all consuming. (not bittersweet)
And now, all four babes are in their own spots. Angelic. But my wall was lonely.
So it was time.
Time to put on the finishing touches to the room.
I basically said to my hubby, “Just build it yay high and wide.” And he did.
No he really did!
There’s no tutorial. (sorry)
But, hey, there’s YouTube. And, well, my husband’s just naturally gifted… (swooning)
So, here are the steps in pictures which may be the lamest of tutorials. But if you are a visual person you might be able to pull it off : )
Step 1: The Frame (tick-tock, tick-tock).
Step 2: The Drywall, Mudding, and Molding (he learned it somewhere?)
Step 3: Paint, Wax, and Gild (preferably with moldings already attached #facepalm)
We tried our hands at Valspar’s Chalky Finish Paint in Boot Black cause it was easy to get our hands on at Lowes. We used about 1 1/2 cans. Then we applied the Step 2 Clear Wax before finishing it with American Paint Company’s Gold Mica Powder on the molding.
Confession here… we chalky painted the entire fireplace then realized we probably should have waited till we had attached the moldings. Turns out you don’t want to chalk paint over a waxed product. It makes you have to start all over again, painting then waxing that is. Ah, lesson learned!!
Step 5: Figure out how to adorn it
I knew I wanted to add books, candles, and well, that was about it. So I played around with garlands, crosses, and pillar candles on the shelf.
Here’s what I finally settled on from just shopping around the house. (those dollar a bag library days sure come in handy)
And there she is settled nicely into this corner of the room. I feel kinda like a grown up now. Now that the babies share a room. Now that the puppy can sleep in her bed under the window.
It’s a cool sort of accomplished feeling. And well its design. And she’s in the books. And then we’ll move.