Fireplace Updates

Andrew and I love fixing up our home.  I really think little and inexpensive updates go a long way.  Over the two years that we’ve lived in our home, we’ve fixed up slowly but surely fixed up our fireplace. Here’s a look at our fireplace over the years (and holidays).

IMG_9438 |our fireplace when we first moved in July 2013. we added candles from Ikea, which was a mistake. don’t buy candles from Ikea. they crumble and melt way to fast.  It’s worth the money to buy better candles|
IMG_0426|we added a mantel (see how we did it here) and christmas decorations from Home Goods|
IMG_4838 |valentine’s day 2014 (burlap banner from our wedding) and new vases from Home Goods and the mirror I stole from my mom, thanks mom =) |
IMG_0401 |andrew removed the dirty, dusty old screen |
IMG_5659 |studying for my master’s exit exam|
IMG_1634 |newest update. I painted the inside of the fireplace with heat resistant black paint.  it makes it look clean and fresh|
IMG_1641 |I love how the black paint makes the white brick and candles pop.|
IMG_1643 |now I just would like a few more candles… my pup doodle decided the candles made fun chew toys|

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Bathroom Makeover

This past weekend, we gave our bathroom a much needed paint job.  Before, the bathroom always felt terribly depressing to me.  I’ve added pictures, flowers and other touches, but nothing seemed to help.  Our entire house is white, which I actually love.  It’s just feels light, clean, fresh and airy, but the white in the bathroom had the opposite effect.  Color is exactly what our bathroom needed.  We used Olympic’s Smoke Blue and I am in love with the color!  At first I was worried it’d be too dark and make our only bathroom feel too small, but I think it’s perfect.  The part I love most is how much the color changes depending on the time of day or if the lights are on.   In our bathroom we have a soft light over our sink and a fluorescent light in our ceiling fan, which both greatly influence the shade.  Sometimes it’s a rich blue gray and sometimes it’s a bright teal.  Now my bathroom makes me happy.  Every time I walk down the hall I see the pop of blue and it makes me smile.   It’s amazing what paint can do!

Before Bathroom Makeover
After Bathroom Makeover
Before Bathroom Makeover
After Bathroom Makeover
Bathroom Makeover
Bathroom Makeover
Bathroom Makeover

Inexpensive Exterior Updates

Little inexpensive updates to the exterior can go a long way.  I didn’t love the exterior of our house, especially the color and old roof when we first moved in.   I would like to fix both, but until we have the money, these little changes make a huge impact on our home!  I am in love with how it looks and am so excited to come home everyday.  Our home is becoming more “us” with each update and now has personality and charm. Below are a couple before and after shots.

Before Before Updates

AfterInexpesive updates that go a long way

BeforeBefore updates

AfterInexpensive updates that go a long way

Here is a look at what we’ve done to add some charm:

-White rockers from Sears- $99 each and took an hour or so to assemble

-Black shudders from Lowe’s— $28-$41 for each window depending on size and took half an hour to hang all around the house

-Address plaque from Front Gate— $99 and took a minute to hang

-Flowers-we planted iceberg roses in our front planter and abutilon to the left of our front door, which should both bloom soon and will add some color and life.

DIY Spring Wreath– $10 and took 10 minutes to put together

-Bright white trim- $30 for a gallon of paint and took 4 hours for my husband, dad, grandpa and father-in-law to sand and paint

I love it and hope you do!