This is one of my favourite things to do... I just love to sit and stare at our fire in the dinning room.
We actually only made this into a working fire place last Christmas. Strangely I wasn't keen to have a real... working fire until we re organised the dinning room. We have an original fireplace in the lounge too, but for some reason we actually paid a lot of money to have a ' looks like a real fire' gas coal one put in, I don't know what we were thinking, ah yes I remember... white walls... fire = smoke= mess lol.
Sorry I will take a picture of the lounge fire place tomorrow.
When we bought our house both fire places were covered by nasty wooden boards with what I now know were lethal gas fires... one had a minuscule hole in the pipe. The mantle was also covered in around ten layers of gloss paint. We had no idea of what we would find behind the boards but we didn't care, it was one of the first things we did, I couldn't believe it when we managed to remove the gas fire and boards to reveal a gorgeous original Victorian fire place, complete with tiles and hearth. The whole fire had been painted in a horrid cream gloss but after what felt like ages (two weeks) of pain staking removal with a fantastic product... similar to covering the whole fire place with putty then covering it with cling film. We revealed the original fire tiles. They were in perfect condition, much to do we suspected with the horrid paint keeping them preserved for years. Our house was built in 1850 so it really was a lovely surprise to find them.
The dinning room was not so exciting.... only a blank space where once there would of been a lovely cast iron insert. We were lucky to find an insert in lour local antiques center and with a little hard work we have created our fire... it makes the dinning room the heart of our home during winter. We also moved our old sofa into the dinning room... so this afternoon Ella and I have been enjoying the warmth of the fire. Ella loves to sit at the table and draw while I sit and knit on the sofa and the best bit is there is no TV so only relaxing, reading and crafting occurs when the fire is lit. . . ah I love it :)
Please excuse the quality of the photographs, my camera doesn't like taking pictures with poor light.
My current project... knitting a cosy scarf
and reading these books from the library...
I hope you are all feeling cosy too...