Josh and I did some traveling for the holidays and enjoyed relaxing around the house. We were able to catch up with friends and finally watch some of our favorite tv shows. But, after two months off I was itching for another project. I don't know what it is about the holidays but I got the urge to strip some woodwork again. For Christmas, we had asked my parents for a new fireplace surround. For those of you who don't remember it looked like this in 2010:
Then in 2012 it looked like this:
Our chimney lacks a damper so we knew we lost a fair amount of our heating through our rattling unsealed brass fireplace surround. Combine that with its poorly working accordion doors and general sooty appearance and we were ready to break up. As a side rant, do accordion doors work on anything? Seriously, every house I have ever lived in had some janky accordion closet door that you fought with until you pulled it off it's track. Poor design.