at posting about the regular goings ons in my life… ha.
[Maybe because of the great computer virus in September
and the loss of ALL the photos…
But really that’s no excuse, because, y’all know I take tons of photos
so surely have something to share!]
I still want to share about our trip to Wisconsin [so fun!]
And some about thanksgiving [always my favorite holiday!]
But today I’m sharing a little before and after with our fireplace mantle.
First let me say, I love a good clean house.
[Not that it was necessarily clean when this photo was taken –
but it was getting there – and it at least looks like it here. Ha.]
I came across some photos on the blog http://www.tidbits-cami.com/
about a simple blue and white Christmas –
and I remembered a few years back that I used our blue mason jars on my mantle
and loved it so thought I would bring them back out.
Something about me you might not realize –
while I have a lot of STUFF
– my mind is so much more peaceful when my environment is less cluttered with things.
So – take a look at the photos here and tell me the biggest difference you see –
Yes. The ‘shiplap!’
My sweetheart is a SWEETHEART
and always agreeable to go along with
most some of my crazy ideas –
So one afternoon we picked up a piece of paneling [$20] down at the Home Depot
[and by we, I mean he]
and brought it home to put over the fireplace – sideways, of course [duh.]
After cutting off 8 to 8.5 inches, depending on where it was hanging,
since we live in an old house that has settled a bit with age,
we just pressed it into the space
[it’s anchored with a few finishing nails.]
Two things: 1] It is not permanent so we left the heavily anchored screws for the large mirror behind it, and 2] I’d originally intended to paint it a heavy gloss white – but I loved the woodgrain too much to cover it up – so it got a nice little white wash instead.
[I used a grey marker to go over the seams.]
And WOW, what a difference it makes!!
I had already said I had a couple of places where I wanted to do this if it worked out –
so, poor sweetheart may have a couple of more projects in the new year.
– But seriously, if you don’t want permanent shiplap, this is an easy faux alternative.
Got the wreath in the 75% off selection At Home and added a little white paint to it, deer from Hobby Lobby, and greenery from our frazier firs out back.
While i was digging through Christmas decor photos [and yes, I had to go to my own pinterest board for a few of them - ha] I found a couple of more to share...
He visisted the Christmas after my mom passed away - that was a crazy year where I just wasn't feeling it, and he brought a little whimsy in to help me out a bit...
And this was last year, I think...
I use most of my same decorations year after year but in differnet places..
I'll share a bit more of my whole house soon!