The Fake Chimney

December 9, 2018 at 11:12 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This ancient house once had a chimney, two actually. In fact, one is still partially there. In the living room, you can see the shape of the old chimney up one wall. Usually I love character and uniqueness from times past. In this case, though, they covered this chimney up since there was no longer a fireplace. Then, since you could still see the shape of it, they added faux brick to it. Horrible, ugly, pinkish faux brick. It didn’t stand out nearly so bad when the little old lady who lived here previously had the room dark, dingy, and covered in nude paint and odd decor. But once we painted the walls grey, lightened the room, and completed changed the style, the chimney stood out like a sad, sore thumb.0ec56792a3b0f484bcf03c32a4763bf50bca28e68adedf8191

You get the picture here, but unfortunately this is even a mid-project shot. I really wish I had a picture of the drab room when the previous owner lived here to show!

We debated for a while. Do we tear it out? Do we paint it? Do we just take the faux brick off and embrace the odd shape in the room?

One day I said I was painting the bricks white and because we owned the paint and this was “free”, it would at the very least be a temporary solution and that we could always do something different down the road when we had more time. (Ha!)

No one stopped me, so I went forward with a brush and some paint. My plan was to add a couple of coats and make them completely white. One coat in I found that it was actually a bit difficult to get the paint down in all the crevices. We left the one, imperfect coat to dry for a night. The next day we realized the this “whitewashed” look was it. I didn’t need a second coat at all.

Then I wanted a faux mantel to finish it off. Several weeks of debating with each other ensued. I had a very specific picture in my mind of color, shape and size.

We finally have that little mantel, made of 100-some year old barnwood, added to our chimney. And I LOVE it.

Sometimes tiny, simple, easy projects turn into more lengthy and complex ones. Ok, usually. But, when you are done and sit back and look at your work, that makes it all worth it

Don’t mind the empty wall next to it, at least the Christmas tree fills the space for now. I have plans for huge floating shelves all up and down there as “built-ins” for the room. Any guess how long that will take us? 😂

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Pink Chair Love

December 26, 2014 at 8:58 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Beautiful.

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Piano Bench Project

November 14, 2014 at 10:05 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m in love.  I really don’t want to sell this project.  My house is going to overflow.

I found this old piano bench, beat up and sad, left behind in the basement of the rental property we own.

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After filling, sanding, painting, stenciling, and waxing, this is what she looks like now:

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I love how the waxing turns out.  The finish is protected and it is more wipable now.  I used regular paste furniture wax and then tinted it with a charcoal paint.  I am so excited to keep perfecting this technique.  What do you think?

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Chair Project

July 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi there!  Recently I found an old, scuffy, beat up antique oak chair at a garage sale.  $5 later and I had another project to start in on.  Before:

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The oak finished was pretty spotted and scratched and the leather seat was so old that it was rotting.  I started by gently scraping any paint splatters off of the oak.  I also pried the old leather seat and padding off.  I used a stain refresher to touch up the oak stain.  I didn’t think that painting this one would do, and it wasn’t bad enough that it needed to be stripped and completely restained. Fortunately, this method seems to have refreshed the old chair fairly nicely.  It still has a bit of antique charm in the uneven coloring, but I think I like it.   I then cut new batting to make a cushion and then stapled down the cute flower-y print.  I then used black upholstery tacks to add black trimming around the cushion.  Here we go:

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I think it turned out very well!  🙂

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Relaxing Chair Love

July 23, 2013 at 9:27 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I would love to be sitting in this relaxing little spot right about now.  I think I could de-stress a bit here!

 

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Toy Box

April 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm (Projects, Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A project done!  The abused vintage toy box started out like this:

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The white is actually wood filler, added by me.  But, you get the picture.  It was old, and rough, and needed lots of wood filler and love.  I sanded and filled and sanded some more.  Finally I chose turquoise paint and white for the inside.  Not as creative as I originally sought out to be, but it turned out fun so I left it there.  I antiqued the edges a bit and roughed up the “wear spots”.  I like how it turned out simple and fun!

After:

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What do you think?  I think it turned out super adorable.  I was going to replace the handles, but the old ones are vintage ceramic and actually cleaned up nicely.  I’m even tempted to keep this one!  Why keep a toy box? … more news to come! 😉

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Mini Paint Project

April 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have finally completed a tiny project that has bugging me on my to-do list forever now!

Remember the little downstairs bathroom with the cute antique cupboard… (tiny room = bad photos, sorry!)

Well, here is the very sad, and a little scary inside of this cupboard…

So, a little paint and some pretty things to make the cupboard useful, and… viola!

The cupboard is antique, and therefore has many bumps and cracks, so it will never be “perfect,” but now its not such an eyesore. When company is over I will not be so embarrassed to let them reach in for another roll of toilet paper or necessity!

I even did a bit of decorating to the necessities in the cupboard. These antique jars got new fun lids. And a small box got a bright cover to hold small things.

Aah, much better! What do you think? More projects on the way too! 🙂

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Rustic Chair Love

March 28, 2013 at 7:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have so many more tidbits to post, but I loved this!

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Chair Love

February 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been wrapped up in work lately. Being couped up in an office is not very fun, especially when the winter weather makes things even more dreary. I am itching for spring! But, here is a beautiful office for inspiration. If I were sitting in this office while doing my work maybe I would be feeling a bit more motivated. Maybe. I will also have some WEDDING photos coming soon! 🙂

Is that not an awesome chair?! Hope that helps your winter blues, and that spring is on the way!

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Fun Chair Love

August 1, 2012 at 9:32 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi, all! Wow, have things been busy around here. Wedding is 45 days away! But, while I had a moment away from wedding projects I thought I would share some fun chairs that I absolutely adore!

Anything turquoise, especially in leather…mmm…

This room is a little too silver and modern for me normally, but this curvy chair done in a patchwork of prints is just awesome!

I love this dark walled room and even more love this zebra chair!

I have no words for how cool this chair is… AND, I can’t read all of the post, but this one was definitely a very neat DIY, so go check out the site!

Hope you enjoyed as much as I did! Updates coming soon!

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