How to Mortar Wash (German Schmear) a Brick Fireplace

Materials Needed:

    • Plastic or drop cloth
    • Painterโ€™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
    • Rags

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Making a Wipe Board from an Old Window

In 2001, we moved to Cullman, Alabama and renovated two houses ๐Ÿ˜(side by side built in the 1930s) in the historical part of town. We had a contractor renovate one of the houses ๐Ÿšfor our family to live in. ย Neal (and I as his trusty assistant ๐Ÿ˜‰), renovated the second ๐Ÿš. Both houses were ๐Ÿ’Žs in the rough. I was skeptical ๐Ÿคจ, but Neal saw the potential ๐Ÿค”.

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The Making of a Craft Room

This is my HAPPY PLACE! I can get lost for hours working on a project in this space. Actually this closet/room is adjacent to my office in our loft, so I can really spread out.

Here is a before picture. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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Building on to Our Lake House

New Addition from Street View

This picture shows digging the foundation for the new construction, which includes new front entrance, master bedroom and bath upstairs and two additional bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs.Here you can see the outline of the addition and pouring the footer.The footing has been poured.ย  Continue reading “Building on to Our Lake House”

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