I need to get motivated to get going again. Still have a lot to do! Here is where I’m at so far, you can see where I’ve been going with all this.
So you can see that the big units are in. I still need to put on all the molding, side panels, doors and drawer fronts. And a few more adjustable shelves still need to be cut too. A LOT of small things. But at least we can kind of use them to hold stuff for the time being.
What we did during this remodel was put in a new gas insert, and also push out that wall so that we could run wiring above the fireplace and put the big tv there. My plan for that little center speaker you see is to put it within the mantel. Which is what I want to work on next! Here is my rough sketch…
I want to make the top of the mantel removable, so that I can have the option of running things through it like the wire for the Wii sensor bar, and if I need to get at the speaker. There is also a space left behind the wall to make some extra room for the speaker, once we figure out exactly where it will sit. Then the mantel doesn’t have to stick out too far. This is probably really confusing, but there is a method to my madness! :)
One of my questions is, how are mantels usually attached to walls? Are they hung on some sort of bracket or are they just bolted on? I’m thinking I might make the top portion of the mantel first. And I need to think about accomodating the tile which I will make later (I make handmade tile.)
Any mantel tips are appreciated!
The big reason I’m so distracted from my project is I got my new baby Hahn’s macaw. His name is Buzz, and he is the cutest!
These are the smallest of the macaws, and they are excellent talkers. He’s only 11 weeks old and really wobbly on his feet, but he flies pretty well. He is a big snuggabugga and wants to be on someone all the time.