When you first walk in my friend’s house, whom we are helping to rehab, you have this view. This is an adorable little home. It is very “cottageish” and in really good condition. There was nothing scary lurking underneath the floor or the walls. I am talking about those unknowns that take chunks from your budget with no visual improvement. It just needed to be updated. The house looked dark and the old injectable steroids paint looked dingy. My friend and I couldn’t wait to brighten it up with paint. The first area of dingy…the fireplace.
It is a
stone rock fireplace. I have seen many a stone fireplace with smooth stones. At first glance this would have been my description. When I got up close to clean it I realized there was no stone involved. This bad boy is a bunch of rocks mortared to the fireplace. I have seen these rocks time and time again when we have dug them out of our flower beds. These are all over the state of Missouri and somehow, probably about 30 years ago, 200 of them were placed over this fire place. I must give the home builders props for being resourceful.