Friday, January 16, 2009

Fire me Up!

Isn't she just the cutest little stove? I MAY have to name her. Suggestions anyone?

tiling was a VERY welcome change from fieldstone

and you think I look a little messy here? This is just the beginning!

Excitingly, my cute as pie Vermont Castings wood stove has finally arrived! In preparation, I've been busy building a fieldstone and tile fireplace surround for the past 5 days.
Considering it was a teeth chattering 20 degrees in the studio, and an insanely ambitious DIY project, I think we did a pretty great job. It took lots of Northface layers and TONS of patience, (It was FAR from easy!) but I'm really proud at how it came out. My hands have suffered the consequences (cracked and dry and cut to pieces) and the project is not entirely done yet but I think its simply adorable so far and well worth all the effort. Most importantly, this sweet little stove will supply me with all the heat I'll need to finally get working in there! (which I'm extremely giddy about)

On a side note, I have a MUCHO respect for masons now!! Trust me, that stuff is not easy!


  1. You are doing such an amazing job! it's really inspiring and fun to see the progress. you've got some serious skills!

  2. I came over to your blog from Apt Therapy because your place is delicious. I want to know more about this - what would you call it, backsplash? Did you plan out how all the fieldstones would fit together? How long did the whole project take? It looks just wonderful.

  3. Thanks Ann!
    The project took about a week. I wont lie, it was TOUGH. The problem was mostly the freezing temperatures. I had to essentially "tent" myself into the corner of the building with tarps to try and contain the little heat supplied by the propane and space heaters. (not only to keep MYSELF from freezing but to keep the materials warm and workable)
    I wouldn't recommend tackling this project during a New England Winter but it was fun otherwise!
    Yes, I laid out the placement of the surround on the ground first. I taped out the measurements flat and simply played with the stone like a puzzle for what felt like FAR TOO long.
    I will admit it was one of the tougher DIY projects in this space (especially because it had to be constructed perfectly to fire code and the frigid temps didn't help) but I'm proud of how it turned out so I greatly appreciate the compliment!