- Plastic or drop cloth
- Painter’s tape
- 2 buckets (one for mixing mortar and one for water)
- Durable gloves
- Mortar mix
- Electric drill (for mixing mortar)
- Mixing paddle
- VersaBond White Mortar Mix
- Putty knife (metal is preferable)
- Heavy-duty sponge
Continue reading “How to Mortar Wash (German Schmear) a Brick Fireplace”
A few years ago we built a fireplace on our porch overlooking the lake. We are not experts by any means, but over the years, we have gained the confidence to tackle projects by actually just jumping in with both feet! We have also learned how to be resourceful by breaking down projects step-by-step and just figuring it out by researching. Let’s just say that we have watched a lot of YouTube videos and use a “learn as we go” approach.
Below is a before and after picture of our lakeside porch. The before picture is prior to us renovating and adding an addition to our lake house, which, included adding a double window and covering the block wall with rock. The after picture encompasses other porch projects such as wrapping the cedar posts (to become white columns) and adding old barn wood on our ceiling. Our patio porch is still a work in progress. Our next step is to add flooring.
Continue reading “How we Built Our Outdoor Fireplace on our Patio Porch”
Below are more BEFORE pictures of our fireplace. This picture shows the fireplace after we removed the wood molding around the fireplace and after we removed the carpet. Check out the floor! Oh my! 🤪 Continue reading “Updating Our Fireplace”
Patio Porch on the Lakeside
Check out this before and after picture! Here is a picture of the basement patio (lakeside) once we cut the block and added a header to add a double window. We wanted more daylight in our basement living room. Here is the inside view of where we cut the block to add the double windows. We will show you more interior pictures of the basement living room area later in this blog post.
More patio porch project pictures:
Click here to see how we built our outdoor fireplace on our patio porch.
Click here to see how we wrapped the columns on the patio porch.
Click here to see how we added old barn wood to our patio porch ceiling.
Our lake house is not perfect, but it is perfect for us! ☺ ❤ You will see our messy house throughout renovation/construction. 😳 As Neal often says, “This is not the highlight reel, but the behind the scenes reel.” 😉
Continue reading “Lake House Renovation (short version with links)”