For all the work it was, I wish this was a more dramatic after picture. In the end, when all of the changes in the room come together, it will look different. In the meantime, I’ll be happy with small changes.
The fireplace before:
The fireplace after:
Cleaner and a little more updated. I’ll be so glad to get the last wall of this room done. It’s another biggish project because of the door. Not only do I need it to be a little warmer so I can leave the door open (it opens to the garage but it is still chilly in there) but I put double-sided tape on the door to discourage Oscar from scratching it when he first came to live with me. It actually did work but now the tape is kind of fused to the door and I’m not sure how it will come off. I’ll try sitting in front of it and just peeling it bit by bit but I suspect it is going to need to be sanded off.
Most my projects I share here are all failures many times over before they are successes. Ah well. I think that is more realistic but it doesn’t always make for great reading.
In that grand tradition, this project stalled. The old kitty door was really beat up and gross looking. The doors for these exterior walls are actually pretty expensive. I thought I scored when I found one for under $70. I got the smallest one they had but it is still wildly too big. I’m not even sure what to do here. I’m not crazy about the idea of cutting a bigger hole in the wall.
So in the meantime, it looks like this.
Good, right? The best part is all the cold air it lets in.
The next two to three weeks are going to be insane at work. I don’t expect to be able to do much in the way of house projects but I do desperately need to get things cleaned up and several key areas organized so I can even function in this space. Since organizing is my super power, I’ll try to come up with something useful to share.
Either that or I’ll just start making stuff up. It will probably be a lot more interesting than what I’m really doing.