Our house has two fireplaces, but both needed some attention when we moved in. The chimneys were in disrepair and both had to be rebuilt from the roof upward. Lord knows when they had last been cleaned! In the fireboxes themselves, the grout was so loose I could clean out some of the joints with a pencil.
The upstairs fireplace was the first priority, tied right to our main living space. I re-grouted it right away, and was so pleased with my work that I scraped all of the old grout out of the downstairs fireplace that same week. And for two years the downstairs stayed that way, prepped for new grout.
Since everything else is done in the family room, I finally pulled out my trowel, float, and grout sponge and put two years of procrastinating to rest in two hours.
I have decided that DiY renovating is a lot like flossing. It is a good thing to do, the right thing to do for a house (your teeth). But all it takes is one day where I say ‘I will just finish that later’ to break the habit. I am making no promises about dental hygiene, but I’d like to get back on top of some of these minor projects! Like the last coat of paint in the downstairs hall!