Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Four F's

Fireplace renovation!

Falling asleep, Ian style!

Feast of St. Therese cake!

Finding my feet!

First, (gotta love alliteration), here are some before, during and after pics of our fireplace.  It was the boring old dark red brick with brass and glass doors....blah.  I didn't realize how much I didn't like it until we whitewashed the brick.  Before I was just happy to have a wood burning fireplace.  Now, I'm happy to have a really beautiful I-did-it-myself fireplace!

Before we moved in:

Whitewashing took about 2 hours.  We had to do 2 coats.  But super easy:  1 part white latex paint to 2 parts water.  Basically 8 cups of water and 4 cups of paint did the job with quite a bit left over.  We probably could have halved that. 

I have to say when I started whitewashing, Rob was outside and I thought that it looked like white mold all over my bricks.  "Great", I thought, "He's going to come in and hate this and say that it looks like I've made the fireplace look moldy!"  But as it dried, it no longer looked moldy ;) 
Thank goodness!

Here is the finished product.  It's not the best lighting, but you get the idea.  We are installing a wood-burning fireplace insert soon to heat our entire home!  Thus the gaping fireplace opening minus the old brass and glass doors.

And a little bit more of the room.
Meanwhile, during all the whitewashing, Ian fell asleep.
Like this:

Today Isabel wanted to make a cake to celebrate the Feast of St. Therese.
We made a cake recipe from The Pioneer Woman.  It was delicious.
Isabel designed it with a hand-drawn picture of St. Therese and she iced and "flowered" it herself.

She even let Ian help with the flowers.

Finished product.

And Finally, Caroline Found her Feet.
Got 'em!

Oh!  I got 'em!

Can I get them to my mouth???


1 comment:

Hebrews 11:1 said...

So cute! Ian's sleeping position is hilarious. Love the fireplace!