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Month: March 2017

DIY: Painting Your Fireplace White

DIY: Painting Your Fireplace White

I’ve been channeling my inner Joanna Gaines since moving into our new house. A few weeks ago I took on the project of painting our fireplace! When Chase and I were house hunting one of my “must-haves” was a fireplace. I love decorating a mantle, and sitting by the fire in the winter. To match our style and home furnishing, I knew I wanted to paint the brick white to give it a more modern farmhouse look. After doing some research I decided to follow Better Homes and Garden‘s post on how to paint a fireplace. It took me around 3 days (on and off) to complete the whole project, but it was well worth it!!

Step 1: Prep your workspace. Put down drop cloths and painters tape around fireplace perimeter. Cover the inside of your fireplace as well.

Step 2: Vacuum bricks to get off any initial dirt and dust.

Step 3: Use a wire brush to clean the bricks of any stuck on soot and dust that would not allow the paint to adhere properly.

Step 4: Vacuum once more to get the excess soot and dust from the bricks after using your wire brush

Step 5: Clean the bricks with TSP, which is a heavy duty cleaner. Let it dry completely before priming. Below is the TSP I used.

Step 6: Use a thick roller for textured surfaces to prime the fireplace with a stain-blocking oil based primer. This was the “not fun” part. It took a while to get all the brick covered. Be aware that it will splatter because it is a thinner paint. I just did one coat.

Step 7: Next the paint!! I used 2 coats of the Olympic Home Interior Latex Paint-Satin. With the hard to reach spots that the roller couldn’t get I used a small paint brush.

Step 8: Lastly I waited until the brick was completely dry and pulled the painters tape up and put new tape around the trim. We decided to paint the trim and mantle a dark grey for a bigger contrast! Ta da!!!

I absolutely love the way it turned out!

xoxo,

Grace

 

Charleston Trip

Charleston Trip

Chase and I had been planning a weekend trip to Charleston with two other couples since November and the timing was perfect. We needed to get away for the weekend, explore a new city, and spend time with our good friends! I’ve visited Charleston once before, but it was years ago for an afternoon when my family was on vacation at Edisto Beach. I had been wanting to go again so we decided to take this trip and it would be our Valentines/birthday gift to each other!

There were two things I knew I wanted to do:

1.Stay in a bed and breakfast

1837 Bed and Breakfast worked out perfectly! It had the old Charleston charm and was so close to everything! Everyone loved the rooms, cute porch with rocking chairs, and yummy breakfast they served each morning!

2.See all the colorful houses and explore downtown.

We definitely accomplished this! On Saturday we walked all day around Charleston; ate a yummy lunch in one of the parks, walked down Rainbow Row, explored Waterfront Park, and then shopped at The Market.

Yes I am wearing shorts in February! We had the BEST weather!

After walking around Charleston, I am now obsessed with flower boxes! ALL of the houses had them!! The London Bungalow will be having a flower box in the near future!

Colorful houses are my love language

Chase’s breakfast the first morning: Pineapple upside down french toast, sausage balls, and fruit!

Our sweet friends! So blessed they are in our lives!

Sunday we had breakfast, packed up our cars and went to the South Carolina Aquarium before we headed home that afternoon!

It was a wonderful weekend.

xoxo,

Grace