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It’s Family Room Reveal Day!!!! I am so excited to show you guys how our family room turned out. Since we moved in to our house, I have had visions of how it would turn out and this by far exceeded my dreams!
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We started with painting over the knotty pine which was a HUGE debate in our house. From the minute I looked at the house, I couldn’t wait to paint it. Rick on the other hand, wanted to keep it as is since he thought it was perfect for a “man cave”. We compromised (isn’t that what marriage is all about?) and did a single layer of paint and then sanded it with a palm sander to give it more of a distressed look and let the natural pine pop through. It totally brightened up the room!
We had new carpet installed and I layered our original living room rug on top to give it some more texture and a pattern.
My favorite part of the whole project is the faux beam Rick put up to mount our industrial lights. It really gives the room that Adirondack cabin feel.
I chose to decorate our mantle with a simple green wreath, some blue jars and faux greenery to pop off of the whitewash brick. (The whitewash brick fireplace was one of the very first DIYs we did in our home. You can see the transformation here.)
I am so happy how the whole room turned out. This is our new cozy hangout and it’s Lola’s new favorite spot too, curled up next to the warm fire.
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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 (I’ll tackle that later) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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