white-washed the fireplace I mentioned this idea, and finally one Sunday afternoon we just went for it. When I say it's easy, I mean.. really easy. The hardest part is rinsing the rocks. Which, was easy. Rocks, being naturally non-flammable, should hold up to the heat that the stove gives off. The bricks around the stove are never really HOT in the winter, so I'm not worried. The rocks don't go UNDER.... just around.
Here's how easily you can throw this together, you need:
- Rocks. Your choice of style. We chose Mexican river pebbles.
- Wood, for the border. We used 1" x 4"
- Stain & Poly (or use the Vinegar & Tea recipe)
- Miter saw, or miter box, to cut 45 degree angles.
We started with our stove sitting in this brick area, which, if you look closely, is pretty beat up...
Meanwhile, we washed our rocks by putting a few hand fulls in a bucket full of water, and placing them on towels in the sun after. That took forever, but was necessary. Look at our clever way of bringing them in, it's like a little hammock!
the antique crate post, I just love that trick. Then I coated in a semi-gloss Minwax Polycrylic, one of my favorites.
Yea, so nothing terribly tricky, or tutorial worthy... pretty much just cut a frame, popped it in & filled it up. When winter comes (right around the friggin corner!) I am thinking of putting one round concrete stepping stone near the door (on the right side) so I can split kindling. Something the last owner did NOT think of.
That's about it...
What do you think? Before you say it - someone already asked "how on earth will you clean that?!" and someone else suggested using the vacuum with the brush attachment. Problem solved! Perfect too, because I had NOT even thought about cleaning. Thanks guys!
Enjoy your day, get something pumpkin-ey, because it's October, so everything is pumpkin. Shouldn't be hard. Seriously, yesterday I saw pumpkin bagels... who knew?
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