Very rarely are people able to move in to new homes and have all the work they want to have done carried out by builders and decorators immediately. Some structural issues may have to be tended to for the sake of the building and there may be a certain amount of money put by for various decorative jobs. But more often than not when we move in to a new house a process begins, that of making it ours with the time and resources available to us at the time.
When we first viewed this house I was delighted to see an open fire in this room. It was clear that the hearth itself was a little small for the size of the room but it became apparent later on that the room had once been smaller and had actually been extended. So the size of the fire made sense. But this didn’t matter, it was an open fire, it was working and there is ALWAYS a makeover to be done if necessary.
So, one day Robert and I may very well extend the size of the fireplace to accommodate a larger open fire or a log burner as they are extremely efficient and would heat most, if not all, of the downstairs of the house. If you have a log burner you’ll understand this, they get very hot. We have also spoken about changing the surround. We’re not huge fans of the brick but to rip it all out and start the process of rebuilding it right now is not at the top of our list of priorities.
HOWEVER, I don’t believe that I can’t do a little something to make it slightly more ‘us’ while we wait for the time to come to haul it out.
So last night I painted it. I’d put the kids to bed, put the kettle on, cleaned out the grate and hoovered the brick thoroughly to get rid of any dust, grit and soot. And then I set to work on it using some white emulsion.
It’s had two coats so far and although I don’t think it’ll need a third I will have to go around the edges and neaten them up a bit. This is a somewhat temporary solution and I know this but I like it. I prefer it to the brick and it makes me feel like we’re making progress with the room. I’m also pleased that Robert and I seem to be doing things the right way round. We’re getting all of the messy bits done first before thinking about the flooring. Although that plan will be shot out of the sky if we do eventually decide to go ahead with a new mantlepiece renovation.
I love fireplaces, mantles, mantle shelves and even the mirrors that I always put above them. I love the candles burning in them in the winter and the flowers that sit pretty on them in the summer. They are, to me, a place to gather and a focal point.
And now I’m much more fond of this one than I was at the same time yesterday morning.
It was worth putting the kettle on for!
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