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Fireplace Makeover

I love our fireplace, though entirely for the warmth. There was nothing redeeming about it's appearance when we moved it. We used a very simple pattern for the tile layout but I think it works well with the overall simple style of the house. We used the same slate in the foyer so it all ties together nicely. I found the mantel and lintels on clearance last summer. Unfortunately the workmanship of the mantle was appalling. Had it not been a clearance item we would have returned it. Luke put in several hours correcting factory flaws/sloppy construction. He also had to make some modifications so the lintels fit properly but the end result turned out better than I could have expected. And just so the transformation seems more dramatic, take one final look at the before picture:
After:
I have to thank my friends, especially Arielle, who convinced me to go with the gunmetal doors instead of black. The color really works with the slate.
So how much did this transformation cost?
$300…

Laundry Room Reveal

I know, I know, you were starting to wonder if we would ever finish a project. Truth be told we are 99% finished with everything. The kitchen just needs a little more work on the countertops and the living room is waiting on the fireplace mantle. So really, we are very close and everything will be finished over the next few days. Then I can finally post some pictures. I just can't stand posting photos when the project is not quite finished. So to tide you over until then please let me present the laundry room. Do you remember what it started out as?
The wall behind the washer was rotten and moldy. The gap under the door allowed a constant stream of mice and spiders to enter the house.
We had to remove the window to allow the stacked washer and dryer. It was a small price to pay for a much more usable layout.The old platform for the washer and dryer was about to collapse into the plumbing trench below.

Also, the door to the (future) master bedroom opened into the laundry are…