After Julie's post about finding gratitude even when things seem hopeless , I started thinking about my sweet husband.
How lucky am I, that I wanted a place to hang my stockings for Christmas, and Rob obliged by helping me rethink, finish and mount an antique fireplace that's now our headboard.
Rob is usually both the brains and the brawn behind our diy, home-improvement projects, and this headboard was no exception. I'm so grateful for him.
I blogged a while ago about how we bought and finished the mantel . The next weekend, we mounted it with relative ease.
We started by carefully measuring several times the distance between the French cleats  we installed on the mantel the previous weekend, Rob penciled on the wall where he would put the bottom half of the cleats.
He used an enormous drill bit in those spots, while ignoring my squeals not to drill through to the living room (he didn't). He then got out toggle bolts  designed specifically for our plaster walls. We started with 3-inch bolts and then had to run to the hardware store to buy 4-inch bolts when the 3-inchers weren't long enough to go through both the 2-by-4 cleat into the wall. If being general, I'd describe both 3-inch and 4-inch bolts as pretty much being enormous. They're intimidating.
Once we had the right bolts, it didn't take much effort to get the toggles into the holes and the cleats secured to the wall. We carried the mantel upstairs and both breathed a sigh of relief when the two halves of both cleats slid together effortlessly. All of Rob's careful measuring really paid off.
The cleats make hanging such a heavy object amazingly secure - I've tried wiggling it and it doesn't even budge.
Although - I think I started hating the brown-and-white striped fabric we used for the uphostery as soon as we hung the headboard. I need to think carefully before deciding if and with what I'll reupholster it.
Other than that, the fireplace headboard is a beautiful, striking addition to our bedroom, and the foam I used from The I.D.E.A. Store to upholster it is incredibly soft and comfortable. I love the headboard more every time I look at it.
P.S. I'm also incredibly grateful for that pup, who insisted in being in the picture. Also, the painting is by my incredibly talented friend, Jack Clifford.