We've lived with unfinished projects in this house since 2007. After awhile you don't even see the things that need to be done.
Most are small, hidden jobs like a few baseboards here and there, or trim in the kitchen that doesn't show. We're good at ignoring these things.
Until you have an event, like for instance, a baby shower, at your house and then all of a sudden all of the unfinished projects need to be finished yesterday!
The fireplace in our family room was one of these projects.
When we built this house I wanted the fireplace high enough on the wall so that we could see it from the kitchen and the eating area. It's so nice to be working in the kitchen and be able to enjoy the cozy fire.
It's also nice to have a hearth double as extra seating when there's a lot of people here for a family get together or a party.
For years we tried to come up with some kind of surround. We couldn't agree on tile, brick, or stone. We looked at antique mantels. We looked at custom mantels. Nothing was quite right.
So we've lived with wonky drywall and OSB for almost seven years.
Until a couple of weeks ago.
The mister repaired the drywall around the edge of the fireplace.
He painted and installed baseboard.
Then he made a removable, padded, upholstered hearth.
I like it a lot. It was an inexpensive fix.
We may do something else with it someday.
But for now we checked another thing off our to do list.
And the ladies at the baby shower thought it was a pretty comfy place to sit.