Fireplace Makeover -One Room Challenge Week 4

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

Today I’m sharing with you my Fireplace Makeover, and all I can say as I enjoy it now is why didn’t I do this sooner?

It’s Week 4 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Calling It Home where bloggers make over one room of their homes in six weeks.  We’re nearing the end.  If you need to catch up you can check out my previous weeks here:

Week One -Living Room and Eating Area

Week Two -Light, Bright and White

Week Three -Expert Tips on DIY Shiplap from a Contractor

Things are starting to come together, but I have to say at this point I can’t wait for it to be done, and our main floor to get back to normal.  The furniture is here, and the new rug but I’m afraid to put the rug down incase something gets on it before the final reveal pictures in two weeks, haha.  It is all finally coming together.  The fireplace and redoing the harvest table were my last two big messy projects…although now that it’s coming together I think I might add in painting the t.v. unit out white too.  What can I say the more white I add the more I love it.  So onto that newly white fireplace.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

You may remember how it looked before.  It matched the hardwood colour and the stairway beside it, so it worked in Maple.  The thing I always hated about it most was that wooden decal on the front.  It bugged me from the beginning and I always intended to remove it.  I even asked someone to help me years ago.  Although it was maybe 5 years ago, so we’d lived in the house 5 years already and the woodworking friend said that the wood around it had faded from the sun, so there would always be a spot showing where it had been.  I knew then we should go ahead and remove it but he convinced me it would look worse.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

With the One Room Challenge I knew I had to finally get it off.  I took advantage of my woodworker brother-in-law Shaun working on the shiplap –read all about that here if you missed it, and asked him to remove it for me.  I had visions of trying myself and making it worse by marking up the wood around it.  He popped it off in a matter of seconds.  He used a small putty knife to get underneath it, and pry it off.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

It came off all in one piece.  He then carefully pulled out the four finishing nails that had held it in place.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

I sanded it down and debated whether to refinish the one panel where it had been removed, or paint the whole fireplace white.  I never minded the wood, and it did match the rest of the wood floors and stairs.  But, all the inspiration pics of Scandinavian living rooms seemed to have white fireplaces, and in the end I decided to go for it.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

I thought I was being a good, responsible, non-lazy diy-er by taping out the fireplace before I painted it.  It is the same colour as the walls -JoJo Whitewash by Para, but the walls are eggshell finish and I used the semi-gloss on the fireplace.  I wished I’d never taped it along the walls, because although I thought I’d done it really carefully, it was a little too close, and left a thin strip of wood showing between the white of the shiplap and the new white of the fireplace.  And, as I peeled off the tape, the paint was peeling off too!

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

What can I say, I’m a learner.  So, I give myself permission to make silly mistakes, and learn from them.  Hopefully you can benefit from my errors if you’re about to do yours, haha.  I used a utility knife to carefully cut the edge of the tape and paint so that it won’t peel off the paint as I removed the tape.  The next morning I used a little artist brush and fixed up my edges.  No big deal -all’s well that ends well.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

The other big change is that I painted out the brass.  I swear from the time we moved in I meant to get around to this job and it took ten years.  Do you have any little projects like that at your house?  It looks sooo much better, my first thought when I put the painted grill back on was why didn’t I do this years ago?  Oh well, it’s done now and I love it.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

It was super simple to do.  I picked up some matte bbq spray paint -it’s specifically for surfaces that get hot, so perfect for this job.  I removed the brass grills, they just pop off and spray painted them in the garage.   I gave the front and back several light coats, making sure not to go too heavy and cause the paint to run.  When they were all dry I popped them back on -easy peasy.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

Just a few inexpensive and quick changes and what a difference it makes!  If you have a builders fireplace and hate the wood decal and brass now you see how quick and easy it is to update it to something a bit more modern and clean lined.  I’m so glad I finally did mine.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

So, for the One Room Challenge this week I got the fireplace done, refinished the harvest table (which I’ll be showing you soon), we installed the new light in the eating area, and started some macrame.  I’m still thinking about painting the t.v. unit out white too.  I also have to do one more macrame piece, make some pillows, add the rug in, and then it’s on to all the fun finishing touches, like art, and plants.  It’s starting to come together.  We’ll be hosting my youngest daughter’s birthday party this weekend and I just hope the new white couches survive all the ten year old little girls, haha.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

Thanks so much for following along on this redecorating adventure with me, you can see lots more behind the scenes and sneak peeks over on Instagram.  Also, be sure to check out all the other One Room Challenge guest participants progress this week.

Fireplace Makeover -how to remove a dated wooden decal, paint out your brass and modernize your builder basic fireplace.

With a new white fireplace, life really is a party!

One Room Challenge Week One -Living Room and Eating Area

I had so much fun participating in the One Room Challenge (ORC) last fall, that i knew i wanted to participate again in the spring version.  This time around I’m making over the living room and the eating area of our kitchen.  I want to continue the Rustic Scandinavian design I used in the Dining Room make over.  You can read all about the Dining Room Makeover from last time here.

Before and After

Here’s what the room looks like now.  It was decorated by us when we moved into this house about 11 years ago now.  It’s pretty neutral and has served us well, but it’s time for an update.

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The room really has great bones -9ft ceilings, hardwood floors, and great light.

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It’s time for some new furniture.  We’ve had this couch and chair set since we got married, and we’re coming up on our 16 year anniversary next week. They’ve lasted pretty well.

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Over on the other side of the room, is the fireplace.

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I always intended to give it a little makeover, but never got around to it, so now is the time.

And attached to the living room is the kitchen eating area.  With replacing the green furniture in the living room, it’s time to say goodbye to the matching green walls in the kitchen too.  This area will get an update with a new light, and new accessories too.  I’m thinking about refinishing the kitchen table too.  It’s a family antique I found in my Grandma’s barn long, long ago.  I love it, but it does sometimes look a little orange-ish, especially in photos on the blog.  I do a lot of photo’s here because the light is great, so I’m thinking about refinishing it.  I had quite the time refinishing my dining room table for the last one room challenge -you can read all about it here.  It was a steep learning curve, but I think I’ve got the hang of it now.  Hopefully I’ll have enough time during the six weeks to tackle this table.

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Here’s some of the inspiration for the rooms.

And here’s the mood board for the living room.  This should give you a sense of where I’m headed.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room Mood Board

I’ve got big plans to replace the couch, chair and ottoman, and maybe the rug too. The living room and kitchen will be painted JoJo White Wash by Para, to match the dining room, and tie the whole main floor together.   I’m thinking about planking one wall in the living room to add a little texture for this very white colour scheme -but I haven’t totally decided yet.  I’m excited to add in lots of natural elements like sheep’s skin rugs, wood, antlers, and plants.  I’m also planing to add in lots of cozy texture with chunky knits, wood planks, a shag rug, and some macrame.  I’ll be stream lining things a little by getting rid of the shelf unit.  I’m also planning to finally give the fireplace a little makeover -by removing the wood decal from the front and painting out the brass.  I’m thinking about painting it white, but we’ll see how it looks when the walls are painted.  I’m thinking about painting the tv unit too.  I can’t wait for this space to become lighter and brighter.

I love the Rustic Scandinavian look for it’s neutral bright white and mix of modern with rustic pieces.  I think the design will be very easy to live with.  Having said that, I’m a little tiny bit nervous about white everything with two kids and a dog, but I’m thinking that just like the dining room, slip covers are the key to living with an all white scheme -I guess we’ll find out. 😉

And so the adventure begins.  In six weeks I’ll be revealing the final living room and eating area, along with all the other One Room Challenge guest participants.  And each week along the way, I’ll be checking in with an update on my progress, and joining in with all the participants -so be sure to check out all their rooms here.

With a Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area make over, life really is a party!

Spring Home Tour 2017

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’m so excited to be sharing my Spring Home Tour with you today, and joining in with 20 other Canadian bloggers for The Canadian Bloggers Spring Home Tour hosted by AKA Design and The DIY Mommy.  There will be beautiful Spring Home Tours all week, so be sure to check out all the others at the end of the post.

When I started working on the Spring Home Tour, I realized I’ve never shared one on the blog before, although I decorate for Spring and Easter each year, so I’m extra excited to share it with you today.  I’ve taken tons of pictures, so I hope you’ll grab yourself a coffee and enjoy.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Let’s get started in the entrance way.  I’ve added a few Spring touches to my console table.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

You can see how I made the Gold Leaf Easter Eggs here, and I’ve hung them on some pretty pussy willows I found on a walk one day.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I painted a few wooden beads for a pretty pastel Spring look.  These wooden beads were a fun recycling project.  I found an old wooden bead seat cover at a garage sale and thought up-cycling the beads would be a great inexpensive way to make some pretty garland.  You can see how I made the Mason Jar Oil Lamps here.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

One of my favourite little touches in my Spring decor this year are the pretty faux mushrooms.  I made these ones from some air dry clay, and they turned out so cute.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

At the entrance of the dining room, my little bar cart is all ready for some Spring entertaining.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I picked up this little vintage toy truck ages ago at an antique shop.  I used it for Christmas a few years ago, and it hasn’t been out since.  I thought the pretty aqua was perfect for spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

And, I’ve found the secret to beautiful succulents…faux. 😉

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the dining room table, I’ve created a little spring forest.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I began with a beautiful moss runner down the centre of the table.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I picked the moss in the forest, and let it dry before using it as a runner.  I wanted a woodland spring look, so I added some ferns, and birch, butterflies and mushrooms, and a few spring bulbs.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the buffet, I added some pretty eggs to my wooden bowl.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

What could be more spring like than a beautiful bowl of eggs?

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I love the mix of the wood, and white and soft pastels -along with more of the moss and few pretty feathers.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

It’s amazing how some green and fresh flowers makes everything feel alive again.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

From the dining room, we head into the living room.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’ve carried the spring forest feel all through the main floor, with little touches.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

This Spring Mantel is one of my favourite spots this year too.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I found a few free printables for the pretty antique specimen art and used some mini wooden clothes pins to attach them to a branch.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I wanted to create the feel of a walk in the forest, and all the treasures I’d found and brought home with me.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

More mushrooms here, some that I made out of paper mache last year, and a beautiful antler that I really did find on a forest walk this Spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

There are a few little wire fairy lights too, so everything can sparkle at night.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Over on the over side of the room, tea and some Spring recipe ideas.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’m just loving the simplicity of the wooden beads in all different sizes right now.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’ve added some pretty floral cushions for Spring too.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the book case I’ve kept things pretty simple and neutral.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I had to bring out my Spring Dioramas -see how I made them here, that are from last year.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Over in the kitchen, I love the Spring sunshine, now that it’s back.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the table, a really simple wooden trough -I think it might have been the top tray of an old tool box, and I found it at an antique market.  I’ve filled it with more moss, and pretty eggs, including these simple Cement Easter Eggs I made last year.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Over on my little cupboard, I’ve strung more of the wooden beads, for just a tiny bit of Spring colour.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

The copper houses have turned into pretty terrariums for Spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

And this little nest is the perfect Spring detail.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I seem to be completely in love with tiny mushrooms, and these little wooden ones I bought at the Christmas market this year just had to stay out to welcome Spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I think because I have a new puppy, I’ve been out walking and exploring the green spaces and forest around my house more than ever this past year.  It’s inspired me to bring the outdoors and the sense of wonder and tiny treasures inside.  I hope maybe I’ve inspired you a little too -get out for a walk and see what you can find.

With a pretty Spring Home Tour, life really is a party.

Now be sure to check out all the inspiration from my Canadian blogging friends!

 

MONDAY

AKA DESIGNLIFE IS A PARTYLEMON THISTLECLEAN AND SENSIBLE

TUESDAY

BROOKLYN BERRY DESIGNS AMIDST THE CHAOSTHE HAPPY HOUSIEPMQ FOR TWOELLIVEN STUDIO

WEDNESDAY

SATORI DESIGN FOR LIVINGSUBURBLESO MUCH BETTER WITH AGEPOP OF PRETTYTHIS LITTLE ESTATE

THURSDAY

THE DIY MOMMYA PRETTY LIFE IN THE SUBURBSWOMEN IN REAL LIFEKIM POWER STYLETHE LEARNER OBSERVER

FRIDAY

THE CREEKLINE HOUSELOVE CREATE CELEBRATE

Spice Cupboard Organization

Spice Cupbard Organization: Easy ways to get the spice packages organized and easier to find.

Today I’m taking part in The DIY Mommy’s Organization DIY and Decor Challenge.  Christina asked us to get organized for the New Year, and it was just the challenge I needed to take on my Spice Cupboard.

For ages I’ve been meaning to get this cupboard under control.  It’s full of spices and when we’re cooking or baking and need one, it often meant pulling out all the little packages and searching through everyone until we found what we were looking for.  I often buy spices in the little envelope type packages, because they’re cheaper, but they are hard to store, and hard to find when you’re looking for one specific thing.

Here’s how I tackled the project:

Buying some spice jars, and labeling the tops should help us be able to find everything quickly and easily in the future.

Spice Cupbard Organization: Easy ways to get the spice packages organized and easier to find.

With everything all sorted into baskets, and no longer falling out of the cupboard, my husband is so happy!

Spice Cupbard Organization: Easy ways to get the spice packages organized and easier to find.

What area of your house could use a little re-organizing heading into the New Year?

With an organized spice cupboard, life really is a party!

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