It’s finally April! About my previous post; Thanks for all your comments! I am a pretty personal person and am horrified when people air their dirty laundry on FB and the like. But that note just chapped my hide. And since this blog is about remodeling our mcm home – both the good and bad – I felt the need to post about it.
Enough brooding about slopegate – Mad Men is back!
I have yet to do a post on our fireplace and how we turned it back into the GIANT fireplace.
This was taken right after we took ownership.
We hemmed and hawed about the red brick, but I actually love it. The fireplace had a woodstove insert. (full of ashes, of course). We both hated it. It just didn’t look right in this mid century home. And we both love a roaring fire.
These suckers weigh A LOT so we had to get some help having it removed. It took 3 guys and a trolley.
It then sat by our front door while the home was being remodeled, until I cleaned it up and offered it for sale on Craigslist (you have to haul it yourself!). It sold pretty quickly.
This is what our fireplace looked like after the woodstove was removed.
The next step was getting it checked out. We weren’t holding out much hope that the chimney would be in good shape, but amazingly, it was! I could picture the roaring fires already.
I wasn’t even going to attempt to clean the black soot on the red brick, so we needed a door to hide it. Because of the large size of the fireplace, we had to get a door and screens custom made. We chose a glass with steel finish from Thermo-Rite. In spite of it taking forever to receive, it turned out quite nice.
We have had some wonderful fires over the winter, and now that warmer weather is upon us, we had probably our last roaring fire last night, while watching Mad Men.
Now THAT’S a fire!
We bought a stainless steel tool set to match from All Modern in a 20% off sale, pictured to the left.
So what did you think of Mad Men? I find the season openers to be a bit slow. I actually fell asleep towards the end so no spoilers!