There's a reason that I haven't done any grand reveals of the house:
is lacking something.
It might be as little as a doorstop or as big as a cabinet,
but there's something in every room to be done.
It's taken us this long for the unfinished details to begin bothering us.
But we're at that point
and we're ready to put our respirators, drill, hammers and paint brushes to work again.
we've officially begun the campaign to knock out our punch-list!!
First thing checked off the list: Mantels.
Last week, Barb and Rich came over for bridge and dinner
and volunteered for a little manual labor before eating.
The outside fireplace on the lower level before:
For this mantel, we had a length of leftover oak timber from the house planed down to size
and holes were drilled to accomodate the bolts that were part of the fireplace construction.
Then it was time for us to do the finish work.
Joe sanded the daylights out of it
and I put on a few coats of Watco Danish Oil
to make it just a little darker.
After waiting a week or so for the oil finish to cure,
we coated it with about 6 thin coats of Waterlox Sealer.
Installing it was pretty simple;
it slid into place and the bolts were tightened from below....
One beautiful locally grown oak mantel:
I was excited about this post announcing that something was actually finished,
but we're still missing a fireplace screen.
Oh well it's almost done,
and in the end....
Getting something done on the house:
Time with friends: