What do you do when you expose a previously hidden chimney in your kitchen and discover that the brick is beautiful but for one thing: an unsightly scar from the original wood-burning stove?
(Note: Author pauses to adore the fact that her old, old house once had a wood-burning stove.)
You buy a couple of baskets.
A few weeks ago I shared the haul Manny and I took away from a local flea market. Among those myriad goods were three baskets we bought with the specific intent of outfitting the chimney in our kitchen.
Even though we have much left to do in our kitchen-in-progress, I couldn’t resist the urge to finally hang these darn baskets.
It’s such a simple, silly way to overcome a problem — but so satisfying as well. Because now it’s a pretty space… whereas once — not so long ago, in fact — it looked like this:
Egads. In the image at the left (taken on December 27, 2015 — the second day of our demo!), Manny is removing a plywood superstructure that had blocked the chimney off for who knows how long. In the image at the right, taken a week or so later, he is chipping colorful plaster off of the already beloved chimney.
This chimney is just one of many parts of the kitchen renovation that took a lot of time to save and bring back from the brink. Now it’s really satisfying to see it looking spiffy and sweet.
Viva la chimneys!