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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Meet Me By The Fireplace?

Those of you who follow me regularly, know that I have been in the throws of passionately renovating and updating the house that I moved into one year ago.  I have been painting and sanding, and building and working my little fingers to the bone for months now…and I am happy to say, that I have finally dealt with two of the ugliest fireplaces in the world.  They are no longer the blaring focal point of the room that scream HELP ME!!!  They are now soft and inviting and much more streamlined…well at least that’s what I think.

Allow me to demonstrate my point:


This was my living room in May of 2012.  The fireplace is just not feeling like it should be a part of this room…there is WAY too much going on with it.

I have since May, removed that piano…it ended up out in the yard as a planter…and I have shuffled a few other things around a bit, but the fact still remains…that fireplace is dated…and tired and needs a little TLC…Tootsie style.


What?  Still not convinced???   Fine!  I will take you closer…are you ready?  Are you sure you can handle this????

Okaaay….here it is!


 Now that is U-G-L-Y!
Hurts your eyes doesn’t it???  Ya…I Told Ya!!!
 Don’t you just LOVE the arborite??? (did I even spell that right?)  ha ha ha !   Ya…me too! NOT!  ha ha
I tried to deal with it…I tried to ignore it…and I just could not let it be in my house knowing it was that bad…and that I could Tootsie it up with just a little time!

So…I did what I do best…I made a plan…and got some paint!


Say goodbye!  to that old dated look…


 and Hello Gorgeous to the new updated style!


I love this neutral taupe that I used on the whole thing…top to bottom…It sure did bring it into the room in a new and different way!

Now, all this fireplace needs is a good cleaning and I will be able to light it up and enjoy!  Alas, that is a project all in itself...and one I am not going to do alone. Maybe I can get my Cowboy to help me some time!  Hint hint?  ha ha !


I have been updating the whole room this past few weeks…new furniture pieces…and a little change in accessories…I also have been working in the family room downstairs, doing a LOT of fun changes….so stay tuned…when I am finished with the primping…You will be the first to know!


Every now and then I do get a good idea or two!

**  don't forget to keep reading...there are several more posts below of what I have been doing...including some great how-to's!**

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

*)*)*)   Always…remember the lesson not the disappointment.

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Patty Sumner said...

You have done an amazing job on you home Tootsie...The fireplace looks great. I love the color...have you thougt about distressing(sanding) th brick part of it...You have decorated it beatifully. I love the old window that you have turned into a frame... Excited to see the rest. I know how you feel.. we have been redoing for almost 2 years. Keep on recreating... Blessings!

g.a.s. art said...

WOW!!!!!!! Job well done.Fits like a glove.Beautiful. g.a.s.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Great job. It is always amazing what a coat or two of paint can do to change things up.


Pamela Gordon said...

Wow what a difference. It looks so much better now. I wonder why they used arboreta (my mac won't spell that word for me, so annoying! but I'm trying to say the stuff that was on it) for the mantel and hearth. It didn't even match the brick. Great job!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Looks beautiful!! What a transformation!!

Great job!


mariondee-designs said...

What a difference some paint can do to a piece.. it never ceases to amaze me! You did a great job and I can't wait to see what else you're doing in there!! take care, Maryann

Country Gal said...

Awesome job looks wonderful ! Have a good day !

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Wowser girl. YOU've don't it again. You've inspired me to paint the nasty looking z-brick in the shop, not sure about a gray, might go more cream, never the less I can see painting in my future. It was Great to have you stop by. hugs ~lynne ~

La Petite Gallery said...

Night and Day-- What a change,
you did a fantastic job.
Save the Piano..
be warm and rest a little
you deserve it.

siteseer said...

you do AMAZING things. I was spotting those window looking things on either side of the fireplace.... think I'm going to have to find a few more minutes sometime soon to see what I've missed of late. Work has been crazy since August and I plan on retiring in March so I don't see anything slowing down in the immediate future. Miss following you :)

Unknown said...

What a difference a little paint can make, great job!! Great thing about paint as well is it is not so expensive as other treatments. Carry On!!

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