Fireplace Before and After

I'm baaack! Sorry for the little blog silence. Hope everyone had a great summer.

Here's a little what I've been up to lately:

If you could see me, you would see me doing a happy dance. After moving into our house over 13 years ago, I've been dreaming and scheming how to redo our family room fireplace. Now I finally broke my husband down and convinced him to help me out, and you know what? He even said it looks much better and we should've done this earlier. Of course, he will deny he said this, but I heard it, I swear!

So... here's what we were dealing with.


Okay, not totally hideous. But the room just felt heavy with this large amount of brick. It also felt dated to me and the insert contributed greatly to that. Also, we never once lit that insert. Not once.

 Taking this 500lb insert out and getting it out of the house, we no easy feat. My husband surprised me and quite frankly impressed me with a well thought out engineered plan.

Oh, did I mention that we made money on this project? Not too very often you can say that! I poo poo'd my husband that we shouldn't put it on craiglist, thinking who would buy this? Crazy stuff though, it sold quickly and for way more money than I thought we'd get out of it. Again, I will bow down to the mister and say well done!
 Now the insert was out and yikes, it was time to start the painting. I will admit I was SO nervous this was not going to work out like how I pictured in my head. In case you don't know painting brick is pretty much a permanent thing. Ha!

 I got to painting the bottom half and was working my way up when I began rethinking things.  If you recall I have been scheming about this fireplace for 13 years, people and what I have always envisioned was some sort of mdf, or planking detail on this fireplace. I was going to just paint it and see how I felt with just that, but what I really wanted was some planking detail. I showed my husband a photo from Pinterest that I liked and said "can you do this?" and he was like sure, then I was like great....happy dance.

 Sorry, I did not take better shots of all the steps but what he did was nailed about 4 or 5 boards to the bricks, then he nailed the mdf pre-primed planks to those boards and seperated each one with a nickel for spacing.

 Then to finish it off he put the same size planks around the edges to make it look more neater.

 I painted the brick with primer first and followed with Benjamin Moore's Super White in semi gloss. The planking was already primed so I just painted the same paint above as well. This is the same color as my walls.

 Voila! I am a happy camper. I love the arches in the fireplace and wood box, and I love how the beams stand out more now. The room is so much lighter and airy feeling. Love it!

As I am snapping photos I realized I never showed the before and afters of this whole room, since we did our little remodel 2 years ago! I will post those soon. Now that the girls are back at school, I should be getting back to blogging a little more frequently.


Life Lately Through Instagram

I've been taking quite a break lately from posting anything here on my blog. I haven't been SUPER busy. I've just been relaxing, spending time with my brother from Arizona and his family while they were here for a visit, taking my girls to camp and happily picking them up at the end of the week, reading, and just enjoying the nice summer we are having here in the PNW. 

So here are some photos to share what I've been up to incase you don't follow me on Instagram. 

My table was set for the 4th of July but ended up having to bring it all inside later due to some cooling temps. If you live in the Seattle area, you know you can't count on warm weather until July 5th.

One of my photos was regramed by Pottery Barn on their Instagram page, and again on their Facebook page. I tickled me to see our pup online like that for all to see his cuteness. 

We bought an outdoor sectional from World Market and scored quite a deal. I'm actually needing to go back and get one more chair. I'll post more photos of my backyard soon. 

Making homemade ice cream is so easy and it's so yummy. I love these new containers I got from Wiiliams-Sonoma. 

Here's one of the books I read. Such a fast, fun read. Got any book suggestions for me?

With a long stretch of great weather and no rain, we were blessed by having many beautiful sunsets like these this summer.

That's about it. Hope you're summer is going great too. If you don't follow me on Instagram, be sure to check it out since that's where I'll be for most of the summer. Link on sidebar. 


Pulling It All Together

I was so honored to have been asked to be featured by Marty on her blog, A Stroll Thru Life. She has a great blog and I love her series of Pulling It All Together and Show Off. You really must go check out her blog in its entirety.

For me feature today, I wrote a post on  how to start redecorating a room, and how to pull it all together. If you are wanting to redecorate a room and are a little stuck on where or how to start I hope you will find my tips helpful. Click {here} for my post.

Thank you again, Marty! It was so fun to be apart of you blog series!


Summer With Serena & Lily

I am totally obsessed with everything Serena & Lily right now. Their laid back, coastal vibe, and colorful patterns and colors are just up my alley. I really wish they had a store near me! If anyone from S&L reads this, PLEASE consider coming to the Seattle area. I know you will be loved here.

If you recall, I used their curtains and a mirror for my bedroom makeover, and shower curtain for my bath.

 I also purchased these pillows for my living room for a punch of color and summer fun.

Have you seen the new catalog?


Here are some of the things I'm loving right now..

I looked through their summer catalog and it made me want to redo my whole house or buy a beach house and fill it with all S&L. But since I don't see any of those happening anytime soon, I think I will be purchasing some of those foutas beach towels, wrap myself in it with their catalog in one hand and a fruity cocktail in another and dream of a summer home. How about you? What is one of their products you are dying to get?

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