even before we had the keys to our house, I nudged the husband: “there should be more to that fireplace,” as my mind wandered through the possibilities. I envisioned stone all the way to the ceiling, a larger mantle, tile, and more of a statement. but every idea I thought up seemed entirely too daunting, so the fireplace remained. for nearly f o u r years.
ironically I was inspired + motivated by other home projects we have going to also set my sights on finishing the fireplace. the way it should be. our house was already covered in a thin layer of construction dust + our garage filled with materials. it couldn’t hurt to add to the chaos. we’d finish the fireplace they way it should be. there had to be a simple way. I shuffled through countless possibilities, until I decided on a look. once that was determined, I had to find out how to make it a reality. inexpensively + with ease.
the husband did most (read: all) of the heavy lifting + work on this project. although, I’m fairly convinced if I didn’t have a super handy + attractive man in my house, I’d like to think it was so easy that I could’ve made it too. thankfully, we’ll never know. see the DIY how-to instructions for this project on: she gave it a go. if I learned anything: we should’ve completed this a long time ago (like the weekend we moved in, while drinking champagne) + the fireplace was always meant to go all the way up to the ceiling. it is brighter, prettier + is the first shiplap in our home. it has changed our living space.