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Whitewashed brick fireplace update

diy whitewashed brick fireplace update

This past weekend we set out on a new project around the house. This time it was whitewashing our brick fireplace.  I shared some of the pics in my instagram stories (if you don’t follow me on instagram follow me here) and most people said they would love a tutorial. So here it is, my whitewashed brick fireplace update.

When we first looked at our current house, my husband fell in love with the downstairs and was determined to make it his man cave. But I wasn’t too fond of the warm knotty pine and the orangey brick. So we made a compromise – he could keep his knotty pine and we would whitewash the fireplace to make it a little brighter and update the space a bit. It was super easy to do and really gives the room a new look.

diy whitewashed brick fireplace update

 

Here’s my step by step tutorial:

1.) First start off by wiping off the brick with a cloth to get rid of any dust. We also covered our mantle as we did not want to paint that and wanted to leave it as is.

2.) Mix up your paint in a 50-50 paint, water mixture. We used Sherwin Williams Emerald Satin paint in Extra White. The consistency should be pretty watery.

sherwin williams paint

3.) Using a paint brush, paint each brick. The paint will dry lighter and depending on how much of the original brick you want to show through underneath, you can apply a second coat.

diy whitewashed brick fireplace

4.) The door surrounding the hearth (I think that’s what it’s called) was the traditional gold. To give it more of a farmhouse look we took the door off and sanded it then painted it with a high heat flat black spray paint.

5.) Let the door dry completely before putting back on.

diy whitewash brick fireplace

This was definitely an easy, reasonably priced update. And I love the way it came out!

So are you team whitewash or team original brick?

If you want to see some of my other DIY projects check out this DIY Distressed Bedroom Furniture tutorial.

 

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1 In Christmas/ DIY/ food

Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

homemade irish cream

This homemade Irish cream is a favorite among family and friends! It tastes really yummy, makes you feel all warm and toasty inside and makes great homemade gifts.

I make this homemade Irish cream every year.  It’s something I look forward to every holiday season and my family and friends do too! In just under 5 minutes you can have your own homemade Irish cream to drink on its own or add a splash to your coffee. Plus, add a cute ribbon and you have your own homemade hostess gift

homemade irish cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of whiskey
  • 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional – you can also use coconut extract instead, either way both are delish!)

Directions:

  • Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  • Using an immersion blender, mix together all ingredients for about 30 seconds. (You can also blend together in a blender). Just be careful not to overmix so as not to whip the cream.
  • Pour into a glass bottle or mason jar. Keep refrigerated.

homemade irish cream

 

3 In distressed furniture/ DIY/ farmhouse bedroom/ home decor

DIY Distressed Bedroom Furniture Tutorial

 

diy distressed furniture

I have had the urge to paint and distress something for awhile now.  I absolutely adore how rustic it looks and how each two pieces are never the same.  Initially I had been wanting to paint our kitchen cabinets but the husband nearly killed me. So I decided to settle for our bedroom furniture instead to give it a little makeover.  For those who are new here, Joanna Gaines is pretty much my spirit animal.  Like Jo I get these grand ideas and hubby well he’s like the Chip to my Jo, he makes it happen! It came out great and it was super easy! I shared pieces of the process on my Instagram stories and so many people had been asking for a tutorial so here it is.

First you will need:

  •  Screwdriver
  • Chalkpaint or Rust-Oleum light color kit (I’ve seen lots of tutorials using chalkpaint and after doing some research I decided to use the Ruse-Oleum cabinet kit because it is a little more durable and doesn’t wear as easily)
  • Palm sander
  • Sand paper (I used 120 grit and 220 grit for the distressing)
  • Paint brush
  • *** If not using the Rust-Oleum kit you will also need a clear wax.

 

Step one: First remove all the hardware with a screwdriver.

Step two: Lightly sand all surfaces of the furniture with 120 grit sand paper. We also used a palm sander which made it much easier.  This will give the paint something to stick to. When sanding, sand in the direction of the grain of the wood.

Step three: Wipe down the furniture with a damp cloth or towel to remove any of the sawdust particles.

Step four: Once the furniture is dry, paint with either your chalkpaint or according to step 2 of the Rustoleum kit if using the kit. We did two coats.  Then let dry.

 

Step five: Using sand paper (we used 220 grit for this part), lightly sand/distress the corners and edges of furniture until you receive the worn look you want.

 

Step six: Clean all surfaces again with a microfiber cloth.

Step seven: Apply the lacquer included in step 4 of the kit. If not using the kit, apply a clear wax. This will serve as a protective coat.  When applying the lacquer or wax, you do not want to over brush, apply in long passes.  Let dry in a cool area.

Step eight: Replace all of the hardware

We went a step further and reupholstered the headboard and footboard of the bed.

diy bedroom furniture

For the re-upholstery you will need:

  • Fabric of your choice for reupholstering
  • Stapler Gun
  • 3M Spray Glue
  • An old credit card
  • New razor blades

Step one: Cut all of your fabric to the appropriate size you are looking to cover.

Step two: Stable the fabric to the bottom edge first.

diy headboard

Step three: Using the spray glue, spray the entire area you are going to cover.

diy headboard

Step four: Pull the fabric from the bottom up to cover the area.

Step five: Using a credit card, go side to side to smooth out the fabric and any wrinkles.

diy headboard

Step six: Using the stapler, finish stapling the remaining three sides.

Step seven: With the razor blade go around the edges and trim the fabric to your liking.  I left mine a little unfinished to give it more of a rustic look.

distressed furniture

And that’s it! To complete my modern farmhouse look I found the cutest duvet from Linens & Hutch.  I chose the Rugged Stripe pattern in light gray to complement the white furniture and light gray walls.  Since I love them so much, you can use my promo code Ourtinynest at checkout to receive 30% off non sale items.

farmhouse bedroom

 

farmhouse bedroom




So there you have it friends! Since this is my first DIY tutorial, I would love any feedback and would love to hear how yours comes out!

0 In DIY/ holidays

DIY dehydrated fruit Christmas garland

diy dehydrated fruit christmas garland

I love the look of a dehydrated fruit garland, they make such gorgeous, minimalistic Christmas decor. So last week I played a little Michael Buble Christmas and made my own. It was super easy and fun!

You’ll need:

Some citrus fruits – I chose oranges, grapefruits and lemons.
Cranberries
Bay leaves
Fishing line or twine
Needle

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven on lowest setting. I set mine to 200 degrees F.
2.) Slice citrus fruits thinly, about 1/4 inches thick.

citrus fruit diy christmas garland

3.) Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
4.) Bake in oven for 5-7 hours flipping each slice over every 2 hours or so.
5.) Let fruit cool
6.) Using a thin needle, thread the fruit, bay leaves and cranberries onto fishing line (I originally tried twine but I couldn’t get the cranberries to thread) in whatever pattern you choose.
7.) Tie the ends and hang wherever you like!

 

diy dehydrated fruit christmas garland

Feel free to share your pictures of how yours came out!

diy dehydrated fruit christmas garland