Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Living Room Part 1

Since we moved into our house 5 years ago I have wanted to tear out the fireplace. Both Grace and Simon have hit their head on the mantle and had to go to the emergency room. Last week one of the boys bumped into it again. They didn't hurt themselves (we padded the edge with a soft edge) and they kept bringing me loose stones saying, "Mom, this fell off." Finally it was enough to put my butt into gear so I took out the whole wall.
I didn't remember to get the camera out until I had already gone TWANDA! on the thing but I did manage to find a really old Christmas picture that has it in it.

It was very self-satisfying to say the least. I enjoyed taking the sledgehammer, hitting the stone and watching the stone and mortar just fall off.

There was a bench on the side that had newspapers in it and various things that the kids liked to hide. That was the first to go. Once I got to the bottom of the newspapers there were some interesting things. A funny page from 1958, a 38 cent package for eyeliner. I want to pay 38 cents for eyeliner! Oh, yeah there was stinky mold too. Joy of joys.

When Patrick got home he got in the spirit and he and his friend
John tore down the paneling and drywall underneath. They willingly tore it down but when I said that clean up was part of the job you would have thought I was speaking Chinese. Yeah, I did the clean up. Patrick did help with the stone!!

When Sean got home he didn't say a word. I didn't really know if he was so angry he couldn't speak or if he just had nothing to say. By the next morning he got in on the action. He decided to put more plugs in and update the wiring. He really should be thanking me ;)

I will blog more pictures and info as we make progress. Hopefully this isn't more than a 3 parter but if it is I will drag all of you who read this along with me!!
I Love Construction!!!!


Brandy said...

I love demolishing stuff! I don't get to enough! Looks awesome! Keep up the good work.

LeAnn said...

So, what is the plan with the fireplace? Are you leaving the red brick? Will you drywall it all in for a more updated look? I'm so impressed with your ability to just tear into it!

Heidi said...

That looks like it was fun. I can't wait to see how it looks when you're done with it.