the chimney had to go…

cause the fireplace is ugleeeeee….


So we have this big honking plaster fireplace that’s like a bazillion feet long.

We refer to it as the behemoth



It is the elephant in our family room.

For two and a half years, I’ve arranged and rearranged the furniture six ways to Sunday…

but the behemoth splits the room and makes any sort of seating arrangement impossible.

The room is 30 feet long (think bowling alley) and because of the fireplace location, everything get shoved down to one end.

And doors get blocked…

So the fireplace needed to go…

(just so you know…this is after we starting emptying the room…I don’t normally post photos with the broom propped up…) 😉

Heaven knows I better not post this on Facebook or I will never hear the end of it…

Just so you know…you lovelies that comment here are the “Metropolitan Opera” crowd with impeccable manners.

Some (not all) of the commenters on my Facebook page are more from the “WWE” crowd. Rough and rude.

Why is it that a keyboard gives some people TOTAL FREEDOM to act like heifers with a bad case of mad cow disease???


So the thing about fireplaces is…you can’t remove them without taking off the chimney.

Or your chimney will be in your living room…


So here’s the deal. This chimney is on the side of our house and can only be seen if you stand in the middle of the trees. Which is never.

So I chose to remove something that we never really saw anyway to allow us to have a usable, workable space where we spend 90% of our time!

A no-brainer in my book.



Those fellas had some serious Popeye muscles to get all those heavy pieces down.


Here’s the chimney in the back of the truck.


So the good news is…they are only removing the parts of the fireplace/chimney that are “inside” the house.

i.e….the fireplace and the brick wall directly above it (in the master closet) that they uncovered this week.

although…I do love an exposed brick wall…just not around our clothes…so this will come out.

Before the chimney removal…


And after…

how’s that for a skylight???


But the 2 exterior halves will stay…Happy Day!!!

Sleeping Porch Chimney


sleeping porch

(the sleeping porch no longer looks like this…rumor has it that many of the pieces in here will be for sale at Urban Farmgirl very soon! Watch the fb page for details).

Screened Porch Chimney


screened porch

I’ll be back tomorrow to show you what’s going to replace the fireplace…

Happy day to you!



6 Responses to chim-chimney

  1. Kay February 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    Save the bricks?

  2. Donnamae February 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    What a funny post! You really are making changes! I can see now why you needed to move to the cottage! 😉

  3. Marianne in Mo. February 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    I’m with you on the comments some people make, seems the anonymity gives them free reign to say anything.
    Look forward to seeing the progress, and thank heavens for these hearty souls who labor in this horrible weather! I can barely go outdoors, let alone work in this frigid stuff! Bless them!

  4. Stacey@Cottage Industry February 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    All your changes make sense to me! Yes, FB-ers can be quite rude. I don’t get it…if you have nothing nice to say….

  5. Gina February 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Sorry you have had to deal with rude people. 🙁 I don’t get it. I have enjoyed keeping up with your renovation. I appreciate you sharing it with us. I sure wish I lived closer so I could shop at Mary’s store!! 🙂 Maybe someday. 😉

  6. Terri S February 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Heifers with mad cow disease… bahahahahaha! I’m dying over here. Too funny and yet so true.

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