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Fireplace Facelift

If you know Nick and me (yes, “me” is correct here, not “I”…I’m no grammar professional, but I do know a thing or two about the use of I and me in sentences…that’s another post for another day…that, and “y’all” versus “ya’ll”; maybe I’ll start on that post in a minute), you know that we enjoy a good home improvement project.  We’ve lived in this house for over 3 years and never really loved the look of the fireplace brick. It has really warm, peachy tones to it, and I’ve wanted to change it for quite some time.  Well, I have a bit of a fear of commitment with some things, namely if they’re pretty irreversible and painting brick is pretty irreversible…unless of course you want to sandblast it, which I definitely will not be doing inside my den. Anyway, so a couple of weeks ago, or maybe it was a couple of months ago, I had the brilliant idea to color the fireplace brick with white chalk to kinda get an idea of what it would look like painted white.  I figured the chalk would be easy to get off in case I didn’t like it.  Well, I finally got around to painting it last week. Did we finally decide that we would love the painted brick? Nope. Did we have a birthday party to get ready for? Yep. As a matter of fact, Nick wasn’t sure he’d like it at all, but he told me to do it anyway. So I did. And after the first coat, neither of us were sure we liked it. It was so stark!  Now don’t get me wrong, I love bright white and all the trim/doors in our house along with some other pieces of furniture are Behr Ultra Pure White, by our doing. It’s so clean and crisp and I usually love it.  But I wasn’t so sure about it on the brick, especially since we were planning on leaving the wooden mantle in it’s stained state rather than painting it.  We left the brick with it’s one coat for 2 days before I put on the second coat. As we waited we talked about our options: paint it the same as the wall color in the den, or mix in some white with the wall color of the den, or use the color that’s in the living/dining rooms, etc.  In the end we decided to paint a second coat of white and live with for a while, knowing we could always change it again later…and we very well may, but for now we’ve decided we like it.  I added a plant in the firebox, which I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but just now got around to it, and it really adds some life and softens it up a bit, making it look less stark. As for the wood mantle, it does stand out a little but it’s growing on me. I love painted mantles and it would be gorgeous painted white, but I’m leaving it for now for a few reasons. Without further adieu, here is our fireplace with her facelift.  Check out the little surprise that popped out at me as I was painting.

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Saturday project

A few years ago Robyn and I had to replace the back door on our old rental house.  With as much HGTV as we used to watch we realized that we could turn the old door into a coffee table.  So we turned this:

Into this:

We always loved the way it looked, but it was pretty wobbly because we had to put the legs on upside down so that we could attach the bottom shelf to the flat part of the legs.

Once Taylor started walking we got worried that she might either fall and hurt herself on the corners of the table, or worse, break the glass.  So we were pretty sure that we were going to take the table apart and put it in our shed, but then the Great Paint Disaster of 2008 happened which left us with a kid unfriendly table that had white splatter paint on it.  Ever since then the table has been in pieces in our shed.

Lately we’ve been wanting a coffee table for our living room and it dawned on us last week that we could just use the old red table.  I got it out of our shed and had forgotten that it had all those white spots on it.  So after a few coats of paint and flipping the legs the right way, here’s how the living room looks now:

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This Saturday’s project was to paint the back of the house & the new plywood in the carport.  We put up new siding on the back of the house last summer and just never got around to painting it.  But now that the renovation is over, and even more siding is up on the back, it was time to paint.  The hard part was matching the paint color, but the guy at Lowe’s did a really good job of creating a custom color to match the sample that I brought in.  We’re not crazy about the color but we weren’t about to start painting the entire house a new color.

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