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How to make a Fire Pit, with Mid-Century flair

My recent hiatus doesn’t mean I don’t have much to report (if you can follow my double-negatives)…it simply means I have a very limited time to update our home renovation happenings. We have finally moved into our house, exactly 1 year to-the-date after purchasing the house. That was back in March and we are SLOWLY making progress on our home while trying to stay above “financial” water so we can get our kitchen going. (A huge applause to my wife that must endure our primitive living, especially in the kitchen.) We have just begun work on the exterior and should have some pictures of our newly stucco’ed and hopefully painted house soon. Here’s what it looks like today…

Powerwashed and ready for new stucco and paint…very soon!

Over these past months, I’ve been making a significant dent in a large pile of pallets laying around at work. I’ve managed to deconstruct some of these pallets for small projects around the house as well as my most favorite recent pastimes…bonfires! Until recently, our bonfires were centered around an aluminum garbage can which would glow red after a few minutes of steady burning. While it served us well, it was time to retire our depression-era pit for a more swanky upgrade..circa 1960 perhaps???

Throughout the year, our non-profit’s pile of used appliances is set aside after they have been removed from our clients home to make way for the new appliances we install for them. This pile sits until we have enough weight to make a worthwhile trip to the recycle yard. Somehow, my subconscious mind recalled that washing machine tubs make for good fire pits. The combination of the existing holes, thick steel and the much deeper capacity than your standard store-bought fire pit makes this a win-win!

It just so happens that a pair of 1960s-70s bar stools also made their way into our pile of metal to recycle. Again, my subconscious mind recalled that these may be a great stand for my newly acquired pit and I proceeded to cut the stool bases off for my future upcycling project.

Once I mounted the washing machine tub atop the 1960s-70s bar stool base, the most amazing thing happened. I was immediately transported to the early 1960s as I stared at this retro modern creation.

Ok, enough with the words…here’s some pictures!!! What do you think?

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Fiberglass & Frolicking

After the past Easter weekend with the family and some staged frolicking with my wife, it was back to business on the house this week. Monday was completely shot due to elimination hockey where my beloved San Jose Sharks came out victorious and  moved on to the next round in the playoffs…WOO-HOO!!!

So it was back to work Tuesday night where I needed to get insulation on the walls if I plan to keep to the schedule. After a few hours of post-work work, insulation is all up. 80% of the strips needed to be cut because none of the studs were equally placed…errrrr! A couple more days of some final clean-up and hopefully sheetrock goes up next week.

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Idea board…for livingroom

No new progress pics to post…so I thought I would share an idea board in progress. These will probably evolve, but here some info in some of these items.

The chiasso.com mirror is listed at 388, but every so often they have a 20% off sale. Which brings it down to 300! The copper glass mosaic tile are from Lowes. Here’s the really great news…they are only 7.99 a sheet!!! Wow! I found the vintage chair with a “free” sign on it last week. I have almost 20 vintage cameras and probably over 2000 LPs. We were thinking of having a chair-and-a-half in lieu of a sofa and maybe a leather club chair which I’ve always loved. Probably not in red though…well, this is still evolving. Hope you like!

Livingroom Idea Board... In progress

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My lucky day!!!

Just a short post ago, things were dire and I was close to the edge. But just as soon as I was down, now I’m on top of the world ma! Things are looking up thanks to two great finds yesterday, just sitting on the side of the road with a “free” sign on them. The first find is a really cool 50s or 60s stationary rocking chair. You think its just a chair, but then you sit down and realize it rocks too!!! I am super excited to restore this once the house stuff is completed. Tons of potential! Check it out…

This second find is just as equally as impressive. A bucket full of vintage white porcelain pull knobs. There’s got to be over 200 here. The stems and screws are brass and even have a patina to them….awesome!!! Now I have a renewed energy and back to hitting it hard tonight…booya!!!

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Kitchen & Living Room demolition

As promised,here’s how things are progressing via some photos of these past few weeks…

Then we took advantage of the wall being torn down and are in the process of installing windows…

Left side of house - before (view from driveway)

Front (side view with new windows...installation still in-progress)

Front - new windows (with my sexy Dana, not available at Lowes)

Inaugural opening...of our first new window

ok, back to work…
-jerry

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This is such a great video and message

I’ve watched this video every other day since I first saw it 2 weeks ago…it inspires me!!! It also gives me ideas for my detached garage.

Handmade Portraits: Liberty Vintage Motorcycles from Etsy on Vimeo.

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Best deal around…

Its a fact, The Spanish Charmer is the nations only hands-on home improvement workshop that provides beer and all of the lemons you can fit in your pants. Workshops run all weekend, so hurry and sign up. Spaces are filling up fast – BTW, this is sort of my April Fools…but Im dead serious about the free beer and lemons.

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