Last week was one of those weeks. You know… that week where weird random stuff happens and it hits all at once.
A part snapped off of our car’s suspension. Thankfully it happened in our driveway and was easy to diagnose and fix. But random, right?
Tyson had an ear issue that resulted in a trip to the walk-in clinic. Thankfully for a small copay it was easily resolved and the guy can hear again.
And last week the power mysteriously went out in two of the walls of our family room. After checking the circuit breaker and the outlets, crawling under the house and even resetting every GFI we could think of… we called an electrician.
Any guesses on what he found?
Within 10 minutes of his arrival, the electrician found the one GFI we had NOT thought of… the one behind the TV.
That’s right… we paid an electrician to come out and hit the GFI button on an outlet. He didn’t even have to take the TV off the wall. He just slid his hand right behind it and hit the button. (Have I mentioned I’m the daughter of an electrician?! So very true.) Thankfully, it was just an hour of his time.
So in honor of the GFI that we forgot AND since I told you all about our bullnose walls last week, it seems only fitting to tell you about another stucco design element that we got rid of some time ago.
If you’ve spent any time around here, you may remember that I shared a view of our mantel when I created a new tray for it last January.
But it didn’t always look like this. When we moved in, the family room wall looked like this:
The fireplace was framed in with large stucco bullnose details and was flanked on either side with long bullnose pot shelf type structures. It also had gray tile that we were eager to get rid of.
Because the room is long and narrow with windows in one corner, we never felt like there was a good spot for the TV. Over the years we tried it in different configurations and ultimately decided to hang it above the fireplace. However this would require changing out all of the stucco and rounded corners.
Because this project was done several years ago, I don’t have a lot of photos to share. This isn’t a how-to. This is more of the story of what led this:
To become this:
And mainly a good excuse to show you this:
That’s right… once the stucco façade came down, my 6 foot tall man wedged himself inside of our chimney while he was running wiring and cables for the new TV. I, of course, stood back and took photos… on my flip phone.
This is also the same project that Tyson stepped on a board with a nail sticking out of it. Guess who pulled the board out of her husband’s foot? I do NOT have photos of that. I can however verify that the appropriate amount of squealing took place. By me. Tyson had to keep me calm while having a board nailed to his foot. Good times, indeed.
We were hoping that the long walls on either side of the fireplace were decorative embellishments that we could demo out and gain a bit more living space. Unfortunately, we discovered that there was a sub wall encased in the stucco and the short walls were there to stay. We framed them in much like the entry to our kitchen.
We also said goodbye to the gray tile that was on the fireplace.
We replaced it with a stone tile, decorative glass and metal accents.
Tyson always creates a detailed sketch on the computer before tackling any project like this. It really allows us to see what the end result is going to look like. Unfortunately as we began laying tile with thin set and mortar wet, we realized that the design did not account for the lip of the fireplace insert. It was not even with the backing board and kept the tile from sitting flush against the wall. We were forced to redesign the whole thing on the fly. We opted to take the tile just up to the edge of the insert which creates a larger/grander look to the fireplace itself. I think the final outcome came out so well, I don’t even remember what our original plan was.
PS. I love that the gas valve says Dante on it.
So there you have it…. Our little fireplace redo that has been so much a part of our lives, we forgot we installed a GFI with it.
Have you ever cracked open a wall and been surprised by what was inside? Are there home improvement projects that you are so use to, you barely remember what was there before? Ever have one of those weeks that make you wonder “what’s next”? My kids always tell me you’re not suppose to ask that.
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