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Planked Fireplace Update

Hey ya’ll!

What’s new?

We finished the fireplace redo last weekend…or was it the weekend before? I’ve been putting off caulking around the tiles, but I’ll get to it sooner or later.

We used 1×6 pine boards and had Lowe’s cut them to the length we needed. Luckily, we had two studs spaced just right to screw the boards into the wall. We used a nickel as a spacer. We pre-drilled the holes to avoid splintering the wood and so the screws would go in deep enough for me to fill the holes and smooth them over. We put a vertical plank on each side to give it more of a finished look, as well. The color is Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal.

I did paint the area behind the planks darker to avoid white wall peeking through.

Check out my awesome handyman screwing the first couple of planks in.


Progress…this project was spaced out over at least a week. IMG_0482

It was like this for 3 or 4 days. The top plank had to be cut down because it was too wide. I had to wait until I remembered to take it to the shop with me and then use the big scary saw without losing a body part. I managed, but was a little scaredy cat.IMG_0485

Here it is all done! We glued the side planks on with Liquid Nails since there were no studs there. IMG_0490

So far, it seems to be holding up. IMG_0489

Now I’ve just got to figure out how to decorate this. I don’t want to screw anything into the boards to hang anything. I’m thinking command strips to hold up a boxwood wreath with deer antlers in the middle…? Ok I have no idea really, I need to scour Pinterest for some ideas.

I do love, love, love our new fireplace. 

Before and after: (the before is the pic from the MLS listing when we bought our house since I didn’t think to take a before pic)

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Our walls were tan before, they are cream now, but this photo reads more tan since we took it at night.

On to our next project. I’m toying with the idea of tackling our master bathroom next. I plan to change out the tile on the tub surround and change out the granite. Maybe we’ll plank the wall behind the vanity…oh the possibilities.

We will just have to see!

What project are you working on?

TTFN ya’ll!


Kitchen Update: Before and After

Hey ya’ll!

Long time no see. 😉 I’ve been waiting to write another post until I could update ya’ll on our kitchen progress.

Initially, we weren’t planning on changing the kitchen, seeing as how we bought the house brand new at the end of 2013. After living in it for a year or so, I caved and painted the island as you may remember in my Kitchen Island Problem post and my solution here.

The island ended up looking a lot lighter and there wasn’t enough contrast between it and the rest of the cabinets. After a few months, I got fed up and sold it on Craigslist. While I looked for a replacement this little old console thingy sat there covering the wires coming out of the floor so my child couldn’t get to them.

baby island

baby island

It took months and months for us to decide what to do. I knew that ultimately I really wanted to replace the granite. The builder grade granite with that ogee edge just made me sad every time I looked at it. No snooty-ness intended, my job is granite so I know what I like in that department.

I finally convinced Mr. Middle Sister to agree to get new granite and a new backsplash. The ONLY reason we were able to afford this was because all we had to buy was the material. I reckon thats one of the perks of being a granite/marble/quartz/natural stone fabricator. Soooo…..I went with Crema Delicatus Granite, I really-really wanted (and still do someday) Carrara Marble, but our cabinets and walls are cream and Carrarra is white and gray. I knew it just wouldn’t work for this house.

Crema Delicatus Granite

Crema Delicatus Granite

I was debating on sink colors with those two little squares in the front. I ended up choosing a totally different one when I went to go pick up the sink. I ended up with a Blanco Precis Single Bowl in Cinder and I absolutely love it.

Wuv my new sink: Blanco Precis Super Single in Cinder

Wuv my new sink: Blanco Precis Super Single in Cinder

Our old sink was a 60/40 Stainless Steel and it was fine, but now that I have this baby, I’m never going back. Super Single bowl is the way to go. I can fit all my big pans and my kids dishes and more in there and keep my counter free of clutter. It is Aaaaamazing!

We did splurge on a restaurant style faucet. The brand is Danze. It was kind of an impulse buy, which we should be avoiding, but I feel like I’ve fallen off the wagon with our frugal living. I need an intervention! lol, j/k. We will soon be forced to get back on said wagon so we can beef up our savings. I love our new faucet and am glad we didn’t keep the old one. I love the single hole in the granite. Our old faucet was two holes and I feel like that would’ve take away from the overall look.

Fabulous Faucet

Fabulous Faucet

At first, I wasn’t sure about it being stainless when our cabinet pulls are oil rubbed bronze. But once it was installed, I got over that real quick. Our appliances are stainless steel so I feel like that ties it all together.

It’s so exciting! Oh one more thing…we ended up having an island made and I stained it myself. I love how it turned out and I am now toying with the idea of putting in a planked wall above the fireplace in the living room stained in the same color. Whatcha think???

Feast your eyes!


I just love it so much!DSC_0210

Every morning when I walk into our kitchen, my heart jumps for joy!


Did I mention our new gray subway tile?DSC_0224

I love it as well.


A friend of mine does tile and she came and helped me with the backsplash. She did a lot of it, but she did teach me how to do it. I plan on retiling the fireplace soon with the same gray subway tiles. I alway have a project to work on. 🙂 I’m toying with the ideas of adding some variations of cabinet pulls and I’d really love to pull the microwave out and put in a range hood made of wood stained in the same color as the island. But, I may be getting ahead of myself here…as usual.

One more pic to show Before and After:

Before and After

Before and After

‘Til next time then. Thanks for stopping by!

What do you think, would you trade out your granite for something else? If so for what?