I know I keep saying I’m going to blog about all the renovations/projects we did, are doing and will be doing on our house…and I really want to, someday. But in the meantime, I am going to talk about our fireplace mantle.
When we bought our house the fireplace was a boring beige brick.
When we did our initial renovation of the main house we covered up the brick with plaster to create a blank canvas and left it until things settled down a bit after our move to finish up.
A year went by and we had the time and figured out what we wanted to do with our fireplace. We made a trip to Whitewater Rock Supply with my dad and picked out some stone for the hearth.
Then with the help of friends and the boys, we installed the stone to cover the fireplace. And that is how it looked for another year.
I had asked for a mantle by Christmas 2016 to hang our stockings on. After looking around, we found a really cool reclaimed wood place that had what we wanted. But yikes!! It was really pricey. So we did some research online to come up with some other ideas to explore, etc…Needless to say, I didn’t get it by Christmas 2016. But I did hang our stockings up with tape.
One day Justin said, what if we made one from one of the logs on your parents property. That way we could kind of customize it and it would make a good story to tell! I was on board with that idea, but didn’t think it would actually happen. One day while we were on our trip to Oregon in June 2017, my dad got on his tractor and Justin grabbed the chainsaw and recruited me, my mom and the boys. We all walked up the hill behind the barn and picked out a section of one of the giant trees that fell down a few years ago.
Justin cut the log and my dad carried it back down the hill with the tractor.
The following day, Justin spent the entire day shaping the log with the chainsaw and smoothing it out with the planer and now we had this really cool mantle!
The boys approve!
I love that they have a wishbone in this picture, since this mantle was a big wish of mine, I doubt it was what they were wishing for though…
Then we had to leave it at the ranch until my parents drove back down to California in the fall. But that was fine with me, because fall comes before Christmas, which means I got it up in time for Christmas 2017.
And it is the best Christmas present I’ve ever received and totally worth the wait!