Bringing New Life to the Built-Ins (again)

Hello there!  You might have noticed that the walls, and the brick weren’t the only things that got a little paint love in our family room.  The built-ins also received some in the form of color this time! 

Several years back I transformed the built-ins from ugly-orange-oak to a beautiful almost white.  I loved them, but knowing everything else was going to be almost white I wanted to add some color in somewhere.  I have pinned so many images of bookshelves with the backs painted, so I decided this would be a great place to add a hint of color. Nothing too bold – just some navy blue (the same navy blue I used for the feature wall in our master bedroom).  🙂

Here they are before.

And here they are after paint.

And after things got returned to the shelves.

I re-styled a few things while I was at it as well. After 13 years of living with these built-ins, I’m still not great at styling them, but I do feel like it’s getting easier.  

The next steps for the family room include wood and fabric.  Stay tuned!  🙂

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Family Room Progress – Paint

A couple of weeks ago I hinted to the progress that I made in our family room.  Well, I’m finally back today to share with you more pics of our now light and bright family room!

I have to go back to Christmas for before pics because I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any before I started painting.  I was too excited!!

And maybe you remember what the fireplace looked like after I painted the brick.  (Soo glad I took the plunge – I love it! Still working on the mantle – I have a plan, just need time to get it done.)

Now here is what it looks like at this point.  We rearranged the furniture after we finished painting.  

It had been in the same place for years, and I was ready for something new.  Really, I’m ready for new furniture, but that’s not quite in the budget yet.  

When you have a kiddo in college thousands of miles away, plane tickets home are far more important than new furniture – amen?

I am loving the new paint.  It is Silver Screen by Glidden.  For the life of me I can’t find a picture online of the swatch so here is a shot I took with my phone just to prove that it’s a real thing! Geez!

It’s a pale gray, which of course is not represented well by this swatch.  It reads white in some light, and a very pale lavender in other light.  It really was just what I was looking for :).

I went back and forth about whether or not to paint the dark trim around the fireplace and above the built-ins (scroll back up to see in the pics).  It has always seemed awkward to me so paint it was, and it was definitely the right choice!  Yay for progress!!

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Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#146}

Well here we are.  It’s Friday again!  Does anyone else just feel like the days or speeding by?!?  At any rate, it’s time to party!!

Thank you all for your sweet comments and prayers last week about my mommy burdens. Things have passed, and in the light, are maybe not as bad as they first seemed.  I finally sat down and blogged a bit this week. Sharing just some tidbits of what had been going on around these parts.  Included was a sneak peek at our new family room paint job.

Each week I find such fun stuff at our get together!  Thank you so much for sharing with us and our readers!

I’m happy to share some of my favs with you this week.

Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!

Open shelving is all the rage it seems and these lovely wood floating shelves from On Bliss Street turned out fabulous!

DIY Floating Shelves from On Bliss Street

This bleach stamped scarf from Woods of Bell Trees is so pretty!  What a great idea to use bleach!

Bleach Stamped Scarf from Woods of Bell Trees

I really do try to be frugal with my cleaning supplies so when I saw this I was instantly intrigued.  Homemade dryer sheets from View From The Fridge.

And, this greek yogurt ranch veggie dip – yum!  I am doing my best to move away from processed food and make more things on my own.  This recipe from Natural Chow looks pretty simple and delicious!

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip from Natural Chow

Thank you all for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!! Make sure you grab a button if you were featured!

And as always remember to check out the other hostesses as each hostess chooses their own features. 🙂  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.

Now let’s see what unfolded for you this week!! 

You remember the rules 😉

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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What’s Happenin’

I haven’t forgotten about y’all I promise.  All sorts of things have been happenin’ around here lately, I just haven’t had a chance to pull it together to share with you guys!  😉  So, today is a round-up of sorts.  A peek into our lives so to speak.

Some progress has been made in the family room update.  We contemplated paint colors for the walls.  And re-arranged furniture! 

Then there was a birthday in the house. 🙂  So, progress put on hold for more important things.

The kids had a day off from school, so we sorted through clothes.  My boys have been growing like little weeds!

Paint was chosen and painting began.

The house was a mess and laundry had piled up, so progress paused while I did some laundry.  As I was doing laundry, I realized I was running low on laundry soap, so I whipped up a batch.  

It’s all gelled (is that a word?) and ready to be poured into containers!

Then the snow came.

And that meant some sledding.  (so thankful for a hubby and a dad who loves getting out and playing with his kids no matter the conditions…I hate the cold)

The snow makes me more and more mindful of my oldest and others I know who are among the many in the New England area that are buried under several feet of snow…not inches. I am thankful for technology that allows me to see his smiling face from time to time.  Makes this mama heart feel much better – you can tell a lot from just seeing their face, am I right?? (I screen-shot this while we were face-timing the other night – he would not keep his phone still, so the pic is blurry ;))


Finally the painting was finished and all the furniture back in place.  Nothing much is styled and pretty yet, so not quite ready for a complete reveal, but here’s a sneak peek. Still lots to do, but we are definitely headed in the right direction! And, I am loving the new furniture arrangement!

See, I told you we’ve been busy!!  Hopefully I will be back soon to share more details of the family room transformation.  Thanks for following along on our little adventures :).

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Painted Brick Fireplace Surround

I did something a couple of weeks ago that I never thought I would do.  I painted brick.  I love the texture and interest that brick brings to a room, but only if it’s a nice brick.  Our brick is ugly, always has been.  I’ve just lived with it for years because I was too scared to paint it, and to cheap to replace it.  You know, painting brick is pretty permanent.  😉
But, with the encouragement from many of you, I finally took the leap.  And let me say, I LOVE it!!
Here is a pic of what it looked like before the paint.  If you want to see the real before you can check out this post, where I kinda half got the nerve, and kinda white-washed the brick.  Which led to it looking like this.
I did a lot of reading first as to whether or not I needed to use a special paint, but most of the things I saw said that you didn’t unless you were painting the actually firebox, which I was not. 
I started with primer, nothing special here because honestly I wasn’t that concerned about an opaque coat.  I figured if some of the nuance of the brick came through to give the wall some variance, I would be okay with that.  If you are not, you might want to get a high-hiding primer. 
Halfway progress with primer – which takes forever btw.
Priming takes forever because you really are almost scrubbing the primer into the bricks. Bricks are porous so they really soak it up. Better the primer than the paint though!  I could have used a roller and saved maybe a tiny bit of time, but honestly, sometimes I just prefer a brush – more control.  Here is a pic after the primer was done – already tons better.
I let this dry for a couple of days, I wanted to make sure the primer was good and soaked in.  I don’t know if that’s necessary, it just sounded like a good idea to me. 😉
Then onto the paint.  I chose to use a satin finish because I didn’t want it to be shiny at all.  I have had good luck with satin being pretty durable, so we shall see.  I chose to match the color of the built-ins which is a lovely creamy white.  It’s not bright white, but it’s not off-white if that makes sense.  It is Glidden Antique White.  The sample reads a lot more beige than it actually is.  
And finally, here are a couple of pics I snapped when it was finished!!  I just couldn’t help admiring it.  🙂
I talked my hubby into ripping off the mantel which was leaning and seemed pretty shaky, but was actually attached VERY well.  What a booger!  I’ve never really liked it very much anyway – it just looked like a weird afterthought. So, we are living with these weird wood blocks in the middle of my white wonderland until I can decide what to put in it’s place.  I’m thinking either something like this
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or something like this.
source:  The Lettered Cottage
Thanks to all my friends who cheered on my progress along the way!!  It really was just the help and encouragement I needed to mark this off the list!  One step closer to our new family room. 🙂

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