The Big Black Wall and Our Wood Stove

We have been using a wood stove to heat our home for the past few years.  Using just electric heat for a house that is approx. 5000 sq. ft can be REALLY expensive (we learned that the first year we moved in) and since my husband owns a tree business, (free wood) using an alternative heat source is the perfect choice for us.  My goal this past month was to “play up” the area we have our wood stove installed.  Enter, The Big Black Wall.

black walls and wood stovesWhen we first starting building our home, I always planned to have a grand fireplace made out of stone that covered the majority of this wall.  Once we did some research, like this article here, we went with a wood stove instead.  I am not going to lie, I was thinking this thing is kinda ugly, and I can’t really decorate it….. priorities right? Read more

A Kid Friendly Feature Wall

I would like to introduce to you my associate, Michael Smith.  He is a fellow DIYer and we are always trading stories about our latest projects.  Michael wrote this post a while ago, and in case you missed it I thought now would be a great time to re-share it.  Here is a feature wall he created with his son.  Enjoy! wall-doneThis project came from two different ideas. The first one; do you remember back when you were growing up?  You had all the “cool things” you loved plastered on your bedroom walls.  Sports figures, bands, actresses and actors, even models: you get the idea.  What would happen when you ran out of wall space or your taste changed? You had to pull it all back down again and go spend more money on another poster or album cover. Read more