Sunday, January 11, 2009

It has to get worse before it gets better, right? Fireplace #3

We plan to strip all the woodwork in the living and dining rooms anyway, so let's start now! In order to know how much tile to buy for the fireplace surround, we had to figure out if the wood underneath the 17 layers of paint was original. Good news; yes, most of it. We will have to remove the side wood pieces, which we had to do anyway, and take out the 1" strip on either side you can see here between the wider oak piece and the left side of the right-hand bookcase. Also removed will be the very lowest strip on the top. Those pieces are not original, not oak, and will not take our stain the same way. This is good news because we wanted more surface area to put tile on. This is, of course, going to be more work, but I guess we expected that. We also found a gas fireplace at a local dealer for $900 less than the one we had been looking at. That should make the payback time for this appliance only 62 years instead of 91.

After I burned my fingers stripping paint with our hot lamp stripper, we decided to go to the other extreme. Let's go moonlight snowshoeing and freeze our tootsies! Last night, with the big beautiful full moon over the Wasatch Mountains, we hiked around up in Albion Basin, Little Cottonwood Canyon. We shot the picture above with a flash, but using Drew's new fancy-smancy camera (Good 40th birthday present, Lucy! Photography is an old-man's sport, right?) we caught a more realistic picture of what we saw. The exposure below had a 1-second shutter speed.

Hot cocoa upon returning to the car. Good times.

1 comment:

  1. Yikes! $900 less. Are you getting a solid gold gas log set:) This is the one I just installed from the depot.

    $160 shipped and 99.9% efficent. Works great and kickes out a ton of heat.

    The fireplace is gonna look sweet when you're done.