Need I remind you where we started just a couple weeks ago?
I’m going to anyways because I just like looking at a good before and after! Besides, I feel more impressed with myself when I see what I’ve stared at and hated for the past 4+ years.
I started by painting and stenciling the existing tiles.
Now is where it starts REALLY getting fun! Why?
Because power tools!
What do you ask for when your husband wants to know what to get for Christmas or your birthday?
Shoes? (okay sometimes)
A really old house to restore? (only every few weeks)
I got some early Christmas presents this year because I was being so good! POWER TOOLS!
I framed out the fireplace on either side with the widest trim that would fit between the existing tile and the edges of the angled wall. In an ideal world the trim would be wider on either side of the tile to be in better proportion with the overall dimensions of the wall and fireplace but the world in this house isn’t ideal.
My house isn’t level either or at least my walls aren’t. I didn’t bother fixing that with these pieces of trim because it would have shown. I simply cut my baseboard to fit around the trim I had chosen using my Dremel and nailed it into place. I placed the top board as tight against the tile as I could and caulked the crack between the wood and the tile with white, paintable caulking.
Next I secured a 2×4 to the solid wood I had placed behind the opening that used to be in this wall for a television. Underneath the drywall I had put solid plywood so that it would be easy to hang heavy items. I very carefully leveled this board since this is what my mantle will be attached to.
Starting at the top of the wall I installed shiplap all the way down to the 2×4. It’s very important to level the top piece so that all subsequent pieces are also level. It’s much easier to trick the eye into believing its straight way up at the ceiling, than if one side was much wider than the other down by the mantle.
On my lowest board I fit it around the 2×4 so that there would be no gap once the mantle was put in place.
Finally I taped off the tile and the walls on either side of the shiplap and primed and then painted. I used Sherwin Williams Alabaster for all the trim and shiplap.
Can you believe the difference already? I’m excited to show you the final step of this makeover….soon!
Don’t go far….