It’s been a busy week but I managed something small. We found this old fireplace mantel/surround in the barn when we moved in. I love that it’s original to the house and new I wanted to add it to a wall in our dining room. I love the flexibility of moving things around, so I boxed it in so it is ‘freestanding’ and not attached permanently to the wall.
Our Dining Room Makeover:
- Took down old ceiling tiles
- Installed smooth drywall ceiling
- Ripped out old filthy carpet
- Sanded and poly’d hardwood floor
- New light fixture
Spring 2011…new distressed bamboo floor:
Decorated for fall…
When we bought the house…
Seasonal dining room mantel:
along with a new area rug…
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When I decorated my dining room for Emily Henderson’s Holiday Guide a few months ago, I added in a couple of easy holiday DIY projects. (Have you checked it out? So many great holiday ideas from DIY, decorating, entertainment, gift suggestions, etc.)
Tension Rod Christmas Card Holder How to: (works for windows or open shelving too!)
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Remember when I found this old mantel in the barn?
I‘m guessing it’s original to the house.
Yarn pumpkins with pinecone stems…
Fall monogram wreath…
Pinecone votives on pedestals…
included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!
Isn’t that header adorable?
First up, Natalie had one of these electric fireplaces. Red mahogany and glossy:
Meet: Becky from
Here is their fireplace before:
Long slow whistle. This fireplace transformation is smokin’! DIY, creative and the best results ever. Kasey from Beautiful Mess has an amazing transformation to show off!
Here is the fireplace before. Pretty enough – just having a fireplace is special…
Jen from Let’s Make it Ours has my same philosophy when it comes to DIY..
“We just do what we like!”
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When I won a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils thanks to DIY Showoff’s giveaway, I knew right away houndstooth was the only way for me to go. I was nervous that the stencil would be a single houndstooth, so I was thrilled to discover how large the stencil was when I got it in the mail.
My biggest issue with the stencil was there was no way to keep the middle part flat against the wall. The instructions said to paint with a sponge roller –but not only would that get messy but I would not get the crisp lines I was wanting.
So I decided to use the stencil to trace the pattern onto the wall and then tape everything off. Yep, the project I envisioned to take me a day took me 4 weeks.
Honestly though, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds, once I figured out a system. I got the majority of the project done over 3 Sundays, so I don’t feel as thou
Considering the stencil was free, I only spent $18 and that was on painter’s tape. I used leftover paint from my office stripes.
I’m blogging and drinking wine. You have been warned.
I wanted to spare the length of the previous post, and do all the talky talky in this post.
I never hated my fireplace, but I never liked it. It was this thought right there that made me take the plunge.
My fireplace was dirty. There was grout that would just fall off if you looked at it the wrong way. Brick is tricky like that, because it takes more work than running a vacuum over it (although, don’t worry, you have to do that too).
1. Use sandpaper. You aren’t using sandpaper to rough up the brick, you are using the sandpaper to get all the crap out. During this process, I recommend focusing mainly on the grout regions.
2. Vacuum. Now it’s time to vacuum, to get all the loose nasty out.
3. Wipe down. I used several damp paper towels over it, to further clean it.
I decided to use the same white paint I have been using everywhere else in my house – Ralph Lauren’s Frost in semi-gloss. I wanted to stick with semi-gloss, because the brick would suck up a lot of the shine to it and it would be easier to clean.
The brick on my fireplace is very textured and rough, because of this I didn’t use a primer. But if your brick is of a smoother quality I would recommend one.
Addressing the screen was the scariest part of this project for me. I decided to take my friend Leslie’s advice and spray paint everything indoors, like she did on hers.
When picking a spray paint – make sure you are using one that is heat resistant. Sure, it doesn’t come in as many fancy colors, but it also doesn’t set your house on fire. (Food for thought).
Here’s my screen all taped off and ready to go:
Unfortunately, I’m a moron and got the spray paint on my feet and neglected to realize it. And of course I walked around the family room, leaving a nice film of spray paint dust everywhere. So, if you are wanting to spray paint indoors – stay on your plastic tarp.
While it’s might be hard to tell in this photo, the shelves looked terrible once the fireplace went white. Like everywhere else in the house, the previous homeowners were a fan of beige with a yellow tint. When you pair this with white, the beige transforms into a pastel yellow.
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This thing was so ugly, I was very close to putting it to the curb. As a matter of fact, it sat by the trash can for 5 days. Until I remembered I had some leftover spray paint…The transformation is unbelievable. My husband couldn’t believe it was the same piece…
Those sunburst mirrors are another reminder that I’m suffering sunshine withdrawal. Don’t tell me if you’re living in a warm climate! I’m freezing and we have about a foot of snow. I’m ready to snuggle back under the covers until I see my shadow or is that “don’t” see my shadow? Whichever one brings spring closer.
Mr. DIY is out of commission with some back pain recently. I’m a 1-person DIY team for the time being. Anyway, I had the brilliant idea to attempt to fire up the wood stove myself. It’s in the basement (another future DIY project) and connected to our duct work and sits directly below my office. Nice and toasty when the fire is going. It didn’t work out though. I filled 3 stories of our home with smoke. Ooops.
Best to stick to the gas furnace for now and dream about an upcoming vacation in the works for March. It’s Mr. DIY’s birthday gift to me. I‘m considering Playa del Carmen, Mexico (my favorite place) or Aruba or even a warm U.S. city (I need help with that one. Booking a resort vacation is so much easier or I’m maybe I’m just lazy).
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