Thursday, January 24, 2013

In which Spring cleaning begins

After many, many years
I have had to do 
an overhaul on my 
living room fireplace.

It is one of my favorite spaces in my home
And so, to see it look like this
Has given me a bit of anxiety.

Nervous energy 
has led to
a much needed
"Spring Cleaning"
and organization
of my kitchen

I can see what I need

Oh my!
And what I need to buy!!


It's amazing how things seem to expire.
And how does one end up having
containers of Corn Starch
and Parchment Paper? 

Nothing without a cover!

And now,
would you like 
tea or


Heidi said...

Can't wait to see your new mantle!! And yes... tea please :)

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Cheryl:
The state of your fireplace does, we have to admit, look somewhat alarming. What has occasioned all of this work for in the first photograph it looks most attractive?

Too depressing ever to look in kitchen cupboards. We are certain that whatever is lurking at the back of ours went past its sell-by date some years ago!!

Cheryl said...

Jane and Lance Hattatt,
When we built our home, 30 years ago, the "new thing" in fireplaces was a product called a Heatilator. It was a metal insert, had an intake and output for air. After this many years it started to break down, but in order to get to it, we had to remove the whole face of the fireplace. They have been able to save many of the original panels that we used in the original, so I am hoping to be able to reproduce it, as Kenny and I spent a long time designing it.

Donna Boucher said...

You are doing great. I give me great anxiety to see it torn up too.

The enchanted home said...

Cheryl....cannot wait to see the big reveal. You had me laughing at the exp. dates, guilty as charged!! I really need to get better about clearing away expired things, like a bottle of vanilla that expired in 2011!!! I always check though..have fun with your projects, sure they will turn out beautifully.

Sally Chupick said...

Hi Cheryl,
o yes the mantel distressing as looked so lovely in the before pic...hope it wont be long before you have it repaired and elegant again.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Tea sounds nice :O) Doesn't it feel good to get things in order . . fresh start is always good. I'm sure your fireplace will look beautiful once done. Have a great day kiddo. xo

l o v e l y t h i n g s said...

Hello Cheryl,
I hope your fireplace is back in working order again soon...especially during this cold snap. I've been organizing too! I think it's the weather that makes me want to tidy up.
Stay warm.

Jane said...

Expiration dates - don't fool around with not looking at them. Several years ago we helped a friend clean out his pantry that had had several "explosions" of things that had long was not pretty.

pve design said...

How wonderful for you to share such guts which is what it takes to withstand any sort of work in one's home.
Organizing is also one part therapeutic for me and it certainly does help to have things on hand.
Good luck with all the will obviously be beautiful.