I started a project this past week and today "Total Frustration" has set in.

Fireplace Surround!

I cut two small doors, to  allow the cable guy or a space to remove the insert if needed repairs are required.   
I cut the doors wrong!  So I had to cut a fraction of an inch off each to allow them to close properly.... Well, I cut them crooked!  So I tried to patch the mess I made.  I just did not want to go buy more wood to cut new doors....

I patched the mess as well as I could with wood filler, then let it all dry.  I think it worked but that remains to be seen. Literally!  
Spent the day hand sanding the entire unit and used a primer as the first coat of paint. May re-sand tomorrow, depending on how smooth it is to the touch.
All in all, I'm happy with the results so far.  The room feels cozy with the faux fire going.

Rather than loose my mind, I went out in the beautiful weather were having and raked the leaves that blew last night. We had quite a stormy, thunderie night!  

Although I really like the look of traditional I did not want to put too many doo-daas on the face of the fireplace but I found a nice little face plate, a scroll of sorts and glued it on.  

I think after 4 days of non stop working on my new fireplace unit I need to walk away from it for a full day.  Tomorrow I'm going shopping for a few hours.  Might be just what I need to get the frustrations out of my system because the more I look at it, the more I see that needs doing.  The more I see wrong!

Tonight I'm thinking it might have made more sense to have hired a carpenter to do this job.. but so far I've only spent $89.00.  Way less than it would have cost to hire someone.  But then the satisfaction of my making it will shine through once it's done, the room put back together and the decorations set up on the shelves... yes, I will feel better.    But until then all I can say is.....


I think I need a hug!



La said...

Walking away for a while is a good idea. I find once frustration sets in nothing goes right and the quality of my work deteriorates.

I'm sure if you take a break, everything will start falling into place.

Good luck! I look forward to seeing the results. La said...

I feel your pain. I've been there! Taking a break sounds like a great plan.
I really think when you recharge, you'll have a fresh look and see that you are doing a great job.
have fun shopping!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great clever idea! I know you can make it work! Hang in there, and don't give a thought to hiring a carpenter.


Karen said...

Sandy, the surround looks fantastic already! I am always so amazed by your talents and courage in taking on jobs most folks would never dream of trying.

Walking away from a project when it gets a bit overwhelming is sometimes a good idea to save your sanity and the project. I bet when you come back you'll have a whole new perspective on whatever is troubling you! Looking forward to the finished surround!

Granny said...

The surround looks great already as do the bookcases. I'm sure that taking a break for a day will be good for you.

Can't wait to see what you find on your shopping excursion.

Here's a big hug for you.


Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

The surround looks great but I know what you mean about just taking a little time away from a project it sometimes gives you a whole new perspective!