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Mantel Mania

September 19, 2012

With the final coat of oil-based enamel freshly applied to my fireplace mantel this afternoon, I am wrapping up my tools and moving on to finishing up the kitchen remodel.

Someday, some poor house-hunting soul is going to be walking through my home, wondering, “Who the HECK hung these doors?” They might not notice the homemade-ness of the fireplace mantel  in the midst of their repulsion. They will not pick up on the echoing vibes of a mother who had to constantly step over multiple teenage legs and put up with constant diva and divo issues as she built this timeless memorial to being a DIY-die hard.

The would-be house hunter will not hear the echoes of slightly whiney, “When are you going to make us supper?” from teens who whisper bets as to whether I’ll look up from my sawdust and in a weak moment, cave in and order pizza.

No, the echoes of these days are lost to all but the kids and myself. I’ll rehang those embarrassing first attempts at doors before I’m finished, finish the kitchen, build that deck and a few treehouses along the way. I’m hoping that the echos of my cheers when I finish a project will inspire my kids to reach and work for as high as their imaginations will let them go and live 110%. No. Make that 120% Life is only as amazing as you let it be.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2012 10:00 am

    I had a similar situation in a home I lived in for over 20 years. It was built by a Japanese princess and was an architectural dream. The trim carpenters accidentally smeared some glue all along on a brick wall near the ceiling. The glue turned black with time. It hurt my soul every time I glanced up. I learned to ignore the glue and concentrate on the incredible beauty of the rest of the home. Now in my current nest, I find myself trying for perfection as seen in the eyes of beholders. What a waste of time. It’s better than OK for me, so I should just rejoice and enjoy.


  2. Susan Munroe permalink
    September 19, 2012 6:46 pm

    I think it looks great!

    There are loads of people who wouldn’t have the guts to do the things you’ve done, women AND men! I say “Congratulations” on stepping up to the plate and actually getting the job done.

    Absolute perfection isn’t quite as common as most people assume, and hiring a “professional” contractor to do the job is no guarantee, either. I used to have a dentist who had a custom-built home. He said if you look along the long living room fireplace wall, you can see a very distinct bulging curve to the wall. It was supposed to be straight, flat, but the builder sort of made a mistake when installing the fireplace. When it was pointed out, he said it would take more time to correct, and he would have to charge them more (even though it was his fault). They were expecting some inlaws soon, so they just let it go.



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