You are not looking at a fire in Bossy’s wine glass, you are looking at a fire in a fireplace behind Bossy’s wine glass, in particular the fireplace Bossy and her husband built with their bare hands, and really what other kind of hands are there?
When Bossy and her husband first purchased their house, they were relieved it didn’t have a fireplace since they were moving from a carriage house on a farm in Virginia, and that carriage house was heated exclusively with a wood stove.
When, a handful of years later, Bossy and her husband decided they missed the hearth concept, Bossy began researching fireplace options. First she turned to the resources she has on hand from her days as an Interior Decorator.
While there is no doubt wood stoves, like the one on the farm, are entirely productive, Bossy wanted an open hearth. She also quickly decided she wanted that hearth elevated, and she wanted the whole fireplace brought into the room as opposed to flush with the wall.
Bossy’s research also extended to the materials she and her husband employed on the project, such as stained concrete, plaster, and a salvage barn beam in lieu of a mantel:
And, yes, while it’s true Bossy’s exhaustive research made everyone who knows Bossy lose all will to live, in the end it informed decisions that contributed to the room truly being used and loved.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about a home project that was either a success or failure based on your research, or lack thereof?
And be sure to check back later today for the successiest of failures on the web.
Joie saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:48 am
Not a ten worder today. Instead have question. Did the two of you also put in the chimney? We have an old chimney (100+ years) in our farm house in VA. Can’t possibly afford to have professionals do anything to it but would love one day to get a fireplace up and going. We have a propane “wood stove” right now. Just wondering what your chimney process was like.
vuboq saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:51 am
Can this wait ’til I tackle the kitchen this Fall?
[assuming I have a job by then and can afford it]
Jean saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:51 am
mold. removal and redo success based on lots of research.
BOSSY saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:54 am
Love letters to neighborhood roofs resulted in learning Brands/colors.
BOSSY saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:55 am
Drawing one bazillion porches finally resulted in correct proportion porch.
swistle saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:56 am
Vinyl! Hardwood! Laminate! OMG! So—got what Consumer Reports recommended.
kate saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:56 am
greenhouse. epic fail. ended up as ski storage.
Cat saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:57 am
Wallpaper stripping disaster turns into textured plaster wall success.
BOSSY saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:58 am
Who said sand in paint produces non-slippery step surface? Liars!
hollygee saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:59 am
No, but that is one bee you ti full fireplace!
The Great Getzby saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm
Nails to hold up a chain of Christmas lights? Yes!
Cathy D. saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm
Paint the interior of the house, which means one bathroom.
Domestic Goddess (in training) saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm
Bought house with huge DIY list… haven’t started yet. Tomorrow?
Tiffany saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm
Painted squares on wall. Now I don’t want to move.
Dharmamama saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Renting so I don’t have to think about home improvements.
kerry saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Art student daughter stencilled bricks on hideous concrete patio. Stunning!
prefers her fantasy life saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm
My hollow baby heads dented as we ascended the steps.
(a picture would help here)
darla78 saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm
TOILET IN A BOX
ANYONE CAN DO
carson saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Braswell water conditioner. Totally researched. Total failure. Bitter? You betcha.
Meredith saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:30 pm
Our apartment. Really nice till leaky upstairs neighbors moved in.
Kris saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:31 pm
Cut countertops to fit new stove. Countertop is now crooked.
Lisa saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm
can not get my mind off of Bossy’s husband’s hands.
Jamie saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Beige carpet right up to the front door?! Stupid developers.
The Domestic Goddess saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm
Wallpaper, the bane of my existence. I just can’t finish.
POD saysMarch 3, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Falling through deck 10 feet. Time for a new one!
David saysMarch 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm
You need a home to have a home project, right?
Dawn in Austin saysMarch 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm
Fireplace mantle, required prototype. Best project for Dawn & Dad!
Ellen saysMarch 3, 2009 at 1:12 pm
screened porch, beautiful, add eleven cats’ claws, not so much.
Helen saysMarch 3, 2009 at 1:42 pm
Agonised for months over new flooring. Choose hemp. Love it!
Debbh saysMarch 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm
hanging can cause divorce
hire an electrician – done!
Erin saysMarch 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm
New bathroom countertop too long? Learn to use beltsander quick!
dalgal saysMarch 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm
Built entire new house with my hands and hubby’s hands!
pamela saysMarch 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm
this mama not allowed to help.
AmandaAmandaAmanda saysMarch 3, 2009 at 2:13 pm
hardwood floors under carpet + glue – glue = georgous
Jacquie saysMarch 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm
SAWED vanity to fit around pipes before measuring the depth
Lizzy saysMarch 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm
Renovated house top to bottom. Love! Then moved. Stoo. Pid.
Avitable saysMarch 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm
I don’t have anything to add in only ten words.
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysMarch 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm
We got soaked by the contractor more than pool water.
teriboberry saysMarch 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm
Over the stove microwave- needed to saw stuff- who knew?
Melissa saysMarch 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm
Rennovations started. Baby arrived early. Rennovations stopped. Unfinished projects everywhere.
Stacey Ball saysMarch 3, 2009 at 3:36 pm
Decide to change light switch, don’t turn off power, ZAP!
Catherine McP saysMarch 3, 2009 at 3:49 pm
Think I’m going to start wonderful projects, nope, never do.
JT saysMarch 3, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Replaced dishwasher, cabinets collapsed, wall rotted behind. Bye tax refund!
Bobbie saysMarch 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Husband did all the research – I gave the final approval!
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMarch 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm
I have a domestic disability which precludes any home projects.
Leanne saysMarch 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm
Spent today shopping for area rug. Still have bare floor. **Sigh.**
andi saysMarch 3, 2009 at 4:41 pm
Recent kitchen redo. Scoured mags & books. Eternally happy. Beautiful.
jen saysMarch 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm
Tile countertop in guest bath. Ooops, no idea about tiling.
Manic Mommy saysMarch 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm
Kitchen bearing wall you say? See our lovely second mortgage.
Bossy\'s Friend Martha\'s Sister saysMarch 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm
must sell and leave all disasters behind and START ANEW!
Trenches of Mommyhood saysMarch 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm
Will never buy dark blue carpeting again; shows LOTSA crumbs!
Jill saysMarch 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm
Replaced tiny dishwasher drawer with full-sized model. Ahhhh, relief.
Meg saysMarch 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm
Filled travertine made bathroom the nicest room in the house.
TamiW saysMarch 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm
Will wait until someone falls through before getting steps fixed.
Bush Babe of Granite Glen saysMarch 3, 2009 at 6:31 pm
Old laundry replaced by fabulous enormous deck. One day. Waiting…
Bush Babe of Granite Glen saysMarch 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm
PS Love your fireplace Bossy!!!!
Meg saysMarch 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm
Project: Paint room in a weekend. You can do it!
zelzee saysMarch 3, 2009 at 8:00 pm
curtain rod – too high – take down -now too low-spackling!
Julie saysMarch 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm
Still staring in envy at that red wine.
(HEY! It’s ten words!)
Kate saysMarch 3, 2009 at 8:14 pm
On-demand water heater. Lukewarm showers, hot, deep bath. Meh.
Kristin saysMarch 3, 2009 at 8:54 pm
Viking appliances. Supposed to be the best. Actually suck ass.
emily in il saysMarch 3, 2009 at 8:59 pm
Microwave cabinet on wall. CRASH. Stove and microwave NEEDED! OOPS.
PsychMamma saysMarch 3, 2009 at 9:50 pm
Pity for 90 y/o bricklayer. Agree to hire. Stairs? Crooked.
mary saysMarch 3, 2009 at 9:54 pm
Black kitchen cabinets ,, try explaining you aren’t a wican nut.
Cage Free Family saysMarch 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm
Donated all belongings to Charity. Moved into self renovated RV.
noe saysMarch 3, 2009 at 10:36 pm
organizing during vacation? DONE!!!
blog princess g saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:17 pm
No story here… just gobsmacked at what great style you guys have. I love a fireplace. It’s one of life’s basic needs in my opinion. For now, I have a dvd fireplace, crackling sounds and all.
Alana saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:25 pm
New wood blinds cut for nursery. Too short for window.
g saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm
Garden design – perfect native plants – trusted my designer – how rare!
chantel saysMarch 4, 2009 at 12:02 am
My ex fiance installed a dishwasher, then called me Lucky.
Beth saysMarch 4, 2009 at 12:03 am
My hot hubby put in hot faux wood-burning stove. Yay.
chantel saysMarch 4, 2009 at 12:40 am
Follow up — You totally inspired me to post. Go Bossy!!
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysMarch 4, 2009 at 1:14 am
Started with 1100 square feet and turned it into 2600.
Confused saysMarch 4, 2009 at 1:15 am
faux painted large basement – husband yelling, me crying- beautiful though
Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy saysMarch 4, 2009 at 2:50 am
Bought a fixer. Lost job. Living with lots of ugly.
Amber Star saysMarch 4, 2009 at 3:41 am
Must say what I gotta say in however many words needed. Your fireplace is so totally cool and truly lovely, words aren’t enough. However, unless you are very warm natured I think you need a pair of socks with those slippers to keep your ankles warm. There…the mother in my just jumped right out…just like that. Sorry…couldn’t help it.
carrie saysMarch 4, 2009 at 4:28 am
success: a wall transforming a room to please a “tweenager.”
jp saysMarch 4, 2009 at 7:30 am
MILES of brick patio around pool, beautiful, constant pain in thumbs
Julie saysMarch 4, 2009 at 9:25 am
One week laundry room project…now entering into week 7.
David saysMarch 4, 2009 at 11:24 am
We built our log cabin ourselves. Our marriage survived it.
Unemployed Susan saysMarch 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm
A coat of paint fixes anything that can’t be replaced.
rata2e saysMarch 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm
To sell your house, hide unfinished electric boxes behind antiques.
KellyS. saysMarch 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm
Last year: new Ikea kitchen, done ourselves. Glass tile backsplash!
AJMick saysMarch 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm
Programmable thermostat; now waking to warm house and saving money!
Black Hockey Jesus saysMarch 5, 2009 at 9:34 am
A wax ring? Under the toilet? That’s just crazy talk.
Dragonwing saysMarch 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm
Perfectionist with to-do list where to start I give up.
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