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Warming by the Fire

I grew up with a wood burning stove. I remember the fire blazing on those cold winter nights and it was nice and warm inside. Since I moved out of my childhood home, I haven’t lived in another house with a fireplace. Boo. I’ve always wanted a fireplace, a place to hang stockings and a mantle to decorate for the holidays. Well when Ana White posted her building plans for a fireplace anywhere, I knew it was just a matter of time before we had one in our house.

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Last week Michael got out the sander and the Kreg Jig and went to work. If you’re a regular reader, you’ve already seen it. My coffee filter wreath and ruffly tulle lights are sitting on it right now.I used Ana’s plans but did some things a little different and still have more plans to make it go a little better in our Victorian house but I wanted to share with you what we have so far. I’ll give you some advance warning that the lighting in our garage is beyond awful and therefore some of these pictures are not that great depending on where I was standing. Michael has been wanting new lights in the garage for when he is working on cars and if I’m going to be doing projects out there too, I might cave and get him new lights for Christmas.

Anyway, back to the fireplace. When I bought all the wood I was headed to my Dad’s house so while I was there I asked him to cute it down for me. When I got it home and in the garage, here’s what I was starting with

I used an electric handheld sander and 220 grit sandpaper to make it nice and smooth.

For me, sanding before assembling is much easier than trying to get into all the corners. I didn’t know where the sawhorses were (although I did find them after I was done) so I grabbed these two chairs. Those are another project for another day, but for this they worked great so I could sand the wood to build with.

After everything was sanded I busted out the Kreg and the user’s manual and made my first pocket holes.

Then I attached the legs to the top piece. I laid both pieces on the garage floor and put them together

Once I was done, I stood it up and saw this

The unevenness of our garage floor also made my fireplace uneven too. So sad. Before I messed it up anymore I decided to wait for Michael to help me. We took it apart, flipped the top piece over and put it back together…even. Then we followed Ana’s step by step directions putting the rest of it together with a series of clamps. We added the sides on. Ana’s plans were for 4×4 posts or use 2-2x4s instead. Since the 2x4s where on sale and I’m a cheapskate frugal girl we went the 2×4 route

Then we added on the first top piece

Notice how we have it standing up so we could work with it? Those are ramps that Michael uses when working on cars.

When we put the top top piece on we noticed that I should not be sent to Menards by myself to get wood it was twisted…bad

No joke, that was 3/4″ twist there.  We got the top screwed down as much as we could but I’m still going to be looking for a new 2×6 for that top piece but for now it works. Bella seems to like it

You make have noticed a gap between the 2×12 and the 2×4 mantle part. This one here

Well, we’ve established before that sometimes I’m not good at following directions. Here’s a snippet from Ana’s plans. I’ve circled the important part

Yeah, mine were not 11 1/2″ wide. Mine were more like 11 1/8″. Had I followed directions, I would have caught this. We thought about cutting down the 2×4 sides  but decided to leave it because we have plans to add some crown moulding around the top which will hide that so we decided not to worry about it. It’s also currently in primer because Michael and I can’t agree on a color to paint it. We’ll need to decide soon so we can get the stockings up on it. Not that we use them much, but I’m making pretty ones this year.

I want to see pictures of your mantle decorations! Whatcha got for me? Has anyone else made a faux fireplace for your dining room?

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Did Someone Say Challenge?

If you’re a Bower Power or Young House Love reader, you may have already accepted the challenge.

The summer challenge inspired me to create a few things. Remember the ORBed plastic soap dispenser? Because everything is better with a little ORB on it.

How about the state canvases so Michael and I could show off our hometown pride?

I also now have a board on Pinterest to prove to myself that I do actually get stuff done and not just pin my life away (check out that board here). I think my favorite (p)inspiration to completed project is the chair swing that I still walk by windows just to look at

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop. The basic gist is that you have to complete a project inspired by something you’ve pinned. This time, they have Ana White on board!!!! Ana’s was the first blog I ever started reading so I’m totally jazzed that she’s in on this one and I think it might be the occasion for another Ana-inspired project. Remember the deck chair that you voted on for color was made from Ana plans

I also de-folded our bi-fold door in the bathroom after reading how Ana made a bookshelf for her daughter on the door of her closet

Heaven knows I have enough plans favorited on her site. Maybe I’ll finally do the shoe cabinet I told you about in March. Don’t think I’ll be taking on her current project of building her moms a momplex, but I can definitely do something smaller. I’m off to scour pins. If you’re not on Pinterest yet and want to be, shoot me an email at and I’ll send you an invite ASAP! Who’s ready for the challenge?




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Knock it Off

A little over a year ago my brother and SIL Jenna introduced me to Knock-off Wood on facebook aka Ana White. You may have read me singing Ana’s praises in this post…or this one…or this one. Did you see the shelving unit I made when we decided to de-fold our bi-fold door in the bathroom? In case you missed it, here it is

Well my very first Ana White project was a deck chair that Jeff and Jenna helped me build. I took a day off work and went to Jeff and Jenna’s house with this in tow

More accurately, I had this shoved into my little Kia (which wasn’t nearly as interesting as how I got the finished chair home). I started measuring according to Ana’s cut list and Jeff started cutting

Then we started to assemble. I tried to sit in it like this, but it didn’t work well. Although it did make a good place to do those sitting push up type deals

Considering that I don’t know what they are actually called much less actually do them, we decided to keep going on the chair and start building the seat part.

I think I was just really surprised/elated to see the chair coming together, so I don’t have anymore pictures until it’s finished so here’s the big reveal

Then we packed up the chair and I took back roads home hoping that I wouldn’t see a police officer that didn’t appreciate half of a chair hanging out of the window of my car. I made it and the chair found a temporary home on our deck so I could take some non-Blackberry pictures. Side note: I promise I’m getting a new phone so you’ll get better pictures when I don’t have my camera handy (just waiting for my belief points to add up since I’m a cheapskate frugal gal). Here’s what it looked like on our deck last summer

Isn’t it lovely? Isn’t it wonderful?

I have some colored stain that I wanted to take to this little creation, but I was waiting to do it until I had the right fabric for the cushion. I did have my heart set on a pretty yet fun floral pattern so I had to put it on the chair to test it out

A couple problems

  1. This is not outdoor fabric. That can be fixed with a little UV spray and a little waterproofing spray like this one
  2. I can’t find foam for cushions in a price range that I’m willing to pay for (refer to the aforementioned “frugal gal” comment)

Then while on a recent trip to Target I found a couple cushions on clearance for just $6.48 each in a great orange color. I think the daisies will become pillows but now I’m not so sure about the color for the fabulous chair.

Here are a few other options

Who has a favorite? Who’s helping me pick a color?

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