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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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Monday, May 7, 2012
I am in a perpetual state of desperately trying to turn my 1980's boring, tract home into something...well, not so boring. I can't say that there was anything about this house that I loved when we bought it, other than it's location. But over the last 19 months I have been attempting to return the 80's back to their proper place and have been working diligently in transforming my bland environment into something a little more interesting.
What I started with, as you can clearly see, was a wall of brick, disguised as a fireplace and a too-high mantle shelf with which everything else in the room had to compete. So, I took it upon myself to banish the brick and lighten up the place a little.
I went into this project with a lot of ignorance regarding just how much physical strength it was going to take. I have never tackled the job of removing bricks and mortar, but now I know exactly how the "Big Bad Wolf" felt! No amount of huffing and puffing was going to blow those brinks out of there. What that took was a hammer, chisel and more than one good swing with a sledge hammer. But once I removed the protruding bricks that supported that ridiculous "mantle" I could trash it as well. I then took to taking off all of the, so called, molding that framed the brick monstrosity dominating my room only to discover that no ordinary drill was going to penetrate this wall.
Off to Home Depot I went and I am now the proud owner of a "hammer drill. With it and a lot of sweat, I was able to screw several firing strips into the brick for the sheetrock to attach to. I hung two large pieces of sheet rock to the front and two small pieces to each side, which successfully covered the vast majority of the wall up. I then taped, mudded and sanded it. Then mudded and sanded again. I then...sanded and mudded again. And, for good measure, sanded and mudded and sanded one more time! I primed it, painted it and then added a more appropriately placed mantle and surround. The fireplace surround came as a kit that I purchased at my local Lowes store, which also needed to be primed and painted. I then added the finishing touch, some crown molding, that you didn't need a magnifying glass to notice!!!!
Don't get me wrong; this room is far from finished. The fireplace was, but one, of the many design flaws of this room. One only has so many hours in the day so the process is sometimes slow, but I love the direction that it is going in!
I thought spring would be a perfect time to embark upon this new endeavor of mine. An endeavor of taking what I have always done for my close friends, family and myself and I would share it with all who are interested.
As a child, my family moved around a lot and I always appreciated my Mom's sense of style and her commitment to making everywhere we lived "ours", if even for a short time. When I was growing up, I didn't think of myself as creative or artistic or imagine that I had much, if any, style; but as I became a mother myself I wanted to make a "home" for my kids.
It is said that "necessity is the mother of invention"; if that is true, then being broke must be the father of DIY. As a single mom, for a lot of years I didn't have the money to pay someone to patch drywall or fix a leaking faucet. I also didn't have the cash to by furniture, not even used, so ended up with a lot of hand-me-downs but I wasn't content to live with what I didn't love. Therefore I learned to do for myself, what I could not pay to have done, and turn what I hated into something that I cherished. In doing so, discovered that all you have to do, to be creative, is create.
I am no longer a "single" mom, and have a little more cash to play with these days, but I have learned that I really love the satisfaction of doing things myself! I also realized that I love the character and "imperfect" beauty of things that I have transformed from yuck to ahhh! My small repair jobs have turned into full blown house remodels and along the way I have taught myself a thing or two about other things that I love; photography, cooking, gardening, designing, sewing, etc... I have never been afraid to try new things so, here I go again!
I hope that I can encourage and inspire you to tap into the artist inside yourself and to travel the "road most creative".
|The artistry of my little ones, Peyton and Rylee.|