Forgive the slightly later than usual post this morning…this Tuesday Tidbits will be a Part 1 with Part 2 tomorrow. We have been busy. Like, really really busy. We are currently in “Operation Get-In-The-House” right now. Unfortunately, during this blitz of activity I completely forgot to take many pics! We have some things to share this morning, but check back tomorrow morning for a more complete round up of our progress.
The large fireplace has been a unique challenge for us. We really haven’t known exactly how we were going to finish it off, but we finally decided tackle it this past week. The actual inside of the fireplace is brick (both the walls and the floor are brick). However, the front part of the fireplace (floor) is a huge slab of stone. So huge that you can see the bottom of the slab down in the basement. It’s roughly 12″ thick! And yes, it is original to the house. I joke with Trent that if the tornado sirens ever sound, I plan to attach myself to that stone…it’s not going anywhere.
So, we decided this weekend to use muriatic acid to clean the brick (it was disgusting…gross, black soot and who knows what else). The brick cleaned up amazingly well! For the stone portion, we are going to place a large piece of granite over the stone. We won’t actually attach anything (no reason to) so that the next person could easily remove if. Personally, I wanted to just leave the original stone exposed. However, it’s very uneven and has seen a lot of like (if you know what I mean). Trent felt like it was somewhat dangerous for the purpose of an actual fire. So….stone on top of stone is how we will even things out.
Another small/large thing has been the area above the front door. When we purchased the home, there was one super tiny, curved staircase in the back of the house. We knew that the home would have had a secondary staircase (more grand), but could not figure out where. When we took the home down to the original studs, we found the remnants of the original staircase…in the foyer. The window (on the right) was added after the staircase was removed…but if you look closely you can see the diagonal line going through the wood above the front door. THAT was the original staircase. We believe it curved along the wall with the window, then went above the front door. While the pic doesn’t do it justice, the wood above the door is one of the pieces that truly dates the home before the massive fire in the 1920’s.
Trent and I did not want to cover this (but obviously needed to do something to make it pretty). We have a solution and if you check back tomorrow, I’ll show it to you. It turned out perfectly! We love it and we know that the next person to live in this home will be able to have a little piece of history right at their fingertips.
While all of this has been going on, I’ve spent any spare minutes wiping down all the walls. SO. MUCH. CONSTRUCTION. DUST. Every wall will need many more wipe downs (I’ll be cleaning dust through the year 2025)…but the walls are a little cleaner and the floors are being vacuumed on a daily basis. With any luck, our master bedroom furniture will start arriving this week.
Again…make sure to check back here tomorrow for our Tuesday Tidbits Part 2! Thank you for following along and have a wonderful week!