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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Dining Room Chair Love

September 22, 2014 at 9:17 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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I adore big wing back chairs used at dining room tables! And I love the mix of modern chairs, traditional wingbacks, and the rustic wood table. Great combo!

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Blue Chair Love

September 19, 2011 at 10:07 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This chair is so unique that its simply adorable.  In addition to the ruffly curves, the chairs bright blue hue pairs wonderfully with the rustic wood walls of the room.  What do you think? 

 

See it at Design Crisis.

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Downsizing the Antiques

June 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My obsession with vintage furniture grows and my house feels like it is shrinking.  So… some items must find a new home!  I thought I would list a few things here and there on here for you to all check out.  Feel free to contact me with any questions!

1. Two vintage metal lawn chairs and matching table.  So adorable!  SOLD!

2. Vintage tin top cabinet.  We used this as our kitchen island.  This isn’t the best photo, but it also has lots of charm!  SOLD!


3. Vintage Danish modern chair.

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Chair and Blog Love

August 7, 2009 at 10:11 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Ross lovegrove chair, found at Chairwhore! 

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Love the chair, and now love the blog!  Its an entire blog dedicated to gorgeous chairs.  MMM.  Check them both out here: http://chairwhore.blogspot.com/

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More Chair Love

July 31, 2009 at 11:20 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Eames era Danish modern sculptra chair.  I’m loving teal right now as well as tufts.  This guy is so cute!  Check out the link on Ebay right now!

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Adorable Little Chair

June 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm (Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Behold the new addition to the shop (or soon to be):

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Isn’t he cute??  I’m not sure if I will remodel this little guy or sell as is.  Any suggestions?  I was thinking black paint and new cushion.  But then again, I love the wood and the teal vinyl.  Hmmm…  Let me know if you have any interest in this oh-so-cute MCM chair (refinished or not) and I will keep you all updated on what I do with it!

I did end up leaving the chair as is after a good cleaning, and  a girl immediately fell in love with it and snatched it up! 

**SOLD**

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Mid Century Paintings For Sale In Shop

June 8, 2009 at 7:42 am (Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I went back to the thrift store and those paintings were still there.  AND, they were 1/2 off!  So, I snagged them and cleaned them up a bit.  Now for sale in the shop!  Check them out!

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I think they would look really cute with the new roadside find chair!

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Maybe in a little girl’s mid century room?

***SOLD***

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Roadside Find

June 8, 2009 at 7:36 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

On a quick drive to Peoria yesterday to pick up some new lawn chairs I spotted the oddest, cutest little chair on the side of the road in Kewanee.  On my way home it was still there, so I quickly threw it in the back of the truck and sped away! 

 

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It’s so ugly right now, but I think there is a lot of cuteness potential under there!  That storage could be very useful too!  Some scrubbing and some new fabric… maybe even some paint?  Mid century lovers should love this one when its finished, so keep your eyes peeled because it will be another shop addition!

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Mid Century Coffee Table

May 7, 2009 at 11:17 am (Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have a gorgeous Mid Century Modern Coffee Table to add to the shop!  The table is low and long, and gorgeous wood.  The triangle pattern in the center is neat and the legs are that great MCM shape.  The table is in great vintage condition but for one small mark in the top.  It is refinish-able and would be perfect!  Let me know if you are interested! 🙂

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***SOLD***

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