My goal is to have the feel of a farmhouse. I see that as clean, simple lines, and a mix of woods and metals. Something that feels collected over time. Only time will tell though if I get it right. For starters, we've picked a very simple trim and casings, five panel doors, and 2"x 2" wood spindles for the banister.
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We gave the carpenter the picture above as an example of the door and window casing/trim we wanted. And below is what he made. Can't wait to see it caulked and painted.
The fireplace is something I'm really excited about, but has been a bit of a challenge. We found a few fireplaces that we're combining to create what we want.
|The Lettered Cottage|
The rest of the fireplace will be similar to this one. A beam for a mantel, brick around the actual fireplace and painted wood. We do like the mix of blue, white and wood in this photo, but haven't decided if we'll do that, or paint everything but the beam white.
Speaking of the beam. We were very lucky to obtain one from a friends family barn in Wisconsin. We chose from this pile of gorgeous wood that's all over 100 years old. That shorter one (which is actually over 12 foot long) on the left is the one we picked.
When we built our current house, we had a project that required two large corbels. After the corbels were delivered, we went in a different direction, and they've been sitting in our garage for the past six years. Fast forward to last week, and they're being used to help hold up this heavy beam.
They did require some modification though. They are a cove style corbel like this. Which means they're intended to sit at an angle, and that doesn't work for our fireplace. The trim carpenter cut off the top portion so the beam could sit on top and the back would sit on the wall.
It's a bit hard to see from straight on, but since the back is now sitting flat on the wall, it makes the bottom portion jut out into the room.
You can see what I'm talking about better from the side. I was working out of state last week when my husband sent these pictures to me. I tried to like them, I really did.
I even took the time to edit the photo. I thought maybe it was the difference in wood tones that was throwing me off. Didn't really help.
When I got home on Friday, I just couldn't pretend anymore. I hated the corbels jutting out at the bottom. It wasn't as simple as unbolting them and cutting them off though. They'd used construction adhesive to attach them to the wall. Removing them would tear the entire wall off, sheet rock and all. The carpenter was willing to do that, but the hubby decided to try something different. A chainsaw.
This is how it looked as of last night. The shiplap or planks will continue up the wall all the way to the ceiling. And will eventually look something like this.
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The kitchen cabinets are going in as well, but I'll save those for another post. Until next time...