Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beadboard on a Little Shelf

I have a quick project to share with you.
I was removing the china from my little white shelf in the living room.

We don't need as much display space for china now that we have the kitchen shelves. 
We have an abundance of dishes on display at this point. 

I emptied out the shelf and decided it was time to do something about the back of it.

The back was made from new wood and it has split as it has aged over the years. I can't put a new back on this piece because this shelf is molly bolted to the wall and can't be taken down. Covering up the cracks seemed to be the best option.  
I love beadboard and had two types to choose from - wallpaper and wood paneling.
It seemed that wallpapering the back was the easiest way to go.

I measured, cut and pasted. This product is pre-pasted so all you need is some warm water to moisten the back. 
The directions are on the roll.

It is so much better. When I used beadboard wallpaper upstairs, it needed a coat of paint to look like wood.
Here it looks pretty good without painting it. 

Instead of the plates I used a wooden block, books and a little rusty grate to add interest. 

The little piece of grate came from our trip to Arkansas.

I love this. It was such an easy fix.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Fireplace Surround

Hi everybody!
We are getting some much needed rain!
We've been dealing with a little bit of a health crisis with Bill's mom. Nothing serious but we've got to get her up and moving again. Prayerfully, she will be on her way to rehab soon. 

I'm not here to show anything off today. 
I know. Hard to believe. I need to ask you a question.
This is how our fireplace looks today.

This is how it looked three years ago. This was about a month after I started blogging.  

I don't know if you were around then but in a random moment, Bill said I could paint the mantel. 
He doesn't believe in painting good wood so it was very out of the ordinary. 
So the very next day on August 10, 2012 I painted the mantel. 

Let me stop for a minute. 
To the best of my understanding, fireplace mantel is spelled MANTEL
A covering or mantle is spelled MANTLE, 
"The snow provided a mantle of white upon the ground."
However, I've seen them flip flopped quite a bit. 
What do you think? Is it a regional thing? Feel free to weigh in below. 

Now back to our riveting story...

Painting the mantel wasn't enough for me so I rooted around in the garage and found some scrap wood to make a surround. 

I absolutely had no plan. I just started cutting and hammering. 

I was completely in love. 

Last September I made this piece of wall art to bring in more white. 

Here is my question. 
Should I white wash the brick?
I thought about making a permanent white paneled top for above the mantel.
What do you think?
Should we leave it as is? It is enough white?
You can see my Cozy Fireplaces board on Pinterest. 

There is a lot of brick surrounding this fireplace.

Now onto a different subject. 
Months and months ago, I asked you what you thought I should do with the piano.  
I decided to leave it until I find the perfect piece. it is staying for now.  

I hope you all are having a great Sunday!
Final question.
What do you say? Y'all or You Guys?


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