Knocking down a huge brick fireplace wall

New to this series? Click here to start at the beginning! As part of our whole house renovation we decided to update the brick fireplace wall. We want something a little more modern. When we moved in I painted the brick white to give it a more updated look, but I always knew that some day I'd knock the whole wall out and start over. Here's the wall after I painted it white last year (there are a bunch of useful brick-painting tips in this post): I really liked the updated white look as opposed to the peach brick, but knowing we are about to install new hardwood floors, now is the … [Read more...]

Stunning fireplace makeover with paint!

I finally did it. I finally took the plunge and painted the fireplace! I've been putting it off for a year and a half because, well, it's just so permanent. What if I hated it? Once you paint brick, it is really hard to un-paint it. It's a scary plunge! But I finally just dove in head first and did it. I mean, how can I hate the brick any more than I already do? Peach brick is really not my thing, and I just couldn't stare at that huge peach wall for one more day. Check out the before and after pics, and get all the deets about painting brick... Here's where we started: We have a … [Read more...]

A dramatic fireplace makeover {white moulding & black mantel}

I just finished a project that didn't take too long and wasn't too difficult, but has a huge impact. The fireplace in our home is in the corner and angled. It seems like the perfect high impact focal point, so to enhance the fireplace and make it really stand out, I added a bunch of moulding and painted the mantel black. Check it out. Here's a refresher of what it looked like when we moved in, and a week ago: {Way Before and Before}    Such a dramatic difference, right?! I couldn't be any more pleased with how it turned out. It definitely has that WOW … [Read more...]

H A Double-L O W Double-E N spells “Halloween”

I've temporarily taken down the Fall decor and busted out the Halloween stuff! I pulled out my box-o-scariness... ... if you can call it "scary" I'm more of a "cutesy" seasonal decorator. I had most of my decor already, but I did make a few spray paint adjustments... I painted the wreath black as well as the candle stick that I bought months ago. For the wreath I decided to go low-key. I just painted a wreath black and hung it with a 1 1/2" thick orange ribbon. I was planning on doing more detail on the wreath, but once it was painted I really … [Read more...]

Evolution of the mantle

My fireplace mantle has gone through several transformations since we moved in. First we had this... ...which isn't even decorated at.all. I set the Rodney White artwork on the mantle while we were moving in so it didn't get ruined and it just kinda ended up staying there. I hung the artwork and added a few accessories, but the overall look just wasn't working. This setup is a FAIL! I LOVE my art and I LOVE bright bold color, but after a month or so it just started to hurt my eyes. I need my family room to be more subtle and relaxing so I took down the art and … [Read more...]

Wooden Candle Sticks

These candlesticks came from Goodwill (gasp! Shocker... I know). I think they were $3 for the set. (Please try really hard to ignore my laundry in the background! I've got to be more aware of things like that before I start taking pictures. Oops.) I really liked the shape of them and I liked the price even more! However, I did not like that they were the same height. *Having the same height candlesticks (or any accessory) is not visually pleasing to the eye, so I decided to cut a section out of one of the candlesticks.* If I were at my real house I would have used my … [Read more...]

Fireplace makeover

It's amazing what a little paint can do! Before: After: This photo is from my cell phone so pardon the crappy quality. Here is a better picture of the finished fireplace. Long story, but I can't take an "after" picture right now Now here's how I did it: The fireplace has some type of cheap pressed molding around it. It's fake wood that is covered in this plastic-like paper that looks like cherry wood stain. The first thing I did was tape off the area and prime the molding. I used two coats of cheap white primer. I was afraid the paint would peel off if I … [Read more...]