Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I painted my DIY Faux Fireplace

Good morning everyone !

It was 28 degrees in Montreal yesterday ( 82 degrees in " American " ) with a beautiful breeze.
I was in shorts and a t-shirt and my favorite footwear - flip flops.
It's simply glorious to be outside working on cleaning up the yard :)

But before I went out there I gave the mantel in my bedroom a quick dry-brushing of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - in pure white.
(It was that or carry it downstairs and through the house and into the back yard.
I seriously considered putting it in our outdoor " dining " area - but I didn't have the energy it would require )

DIY faux fireplace

I wanted to lighten it up though if it was staying in the bedroom - you know, just because it's summertime and the livin' is easy )

John says - Are you going to paint it seasonally?
Suzan says - Maybe .................

I hung a magazine basket and wrote our names on each section

John says - Oh good I can keep my kindle in there
Suzan says - Nope, no room
John says - So why didn't you just write Suzan & Suzan?
Suzan says - Because that would just look selfish.

I mean if you're going to be selfish - it's best not to look it to the outside world, right?

They're a perfect place to keep a few books I plan on reading.  ( some for the first time - some again )


 I'm liking it so much better than the grey I originally painted it in


Doesn't it look a little more " summery " now?


That art work on the mantel?  I bought that at the Louvre about 5 years ago..........it's a print of a famous sculpture................I bought it so I'd look sophisticated.
Don't ask me who the sculptor is - I have no idea - because I'm not sophisticated.
But I actually saw it in person :)

UPDATE - Su from  Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow pointed out the following ( because she IS sophisticated)

"The figures are Cupid and Psyche, and it's in the Louvre. It's the Kiss by Antonio Canova."
I feel just a tiny bit more worldly now LOL - not that I'll remember this information tomorrow.

Thanks so much Su !


I'll be working in the yard if anyone's looking for me today.
In my shorts..............and flip flops

DIY FAUX FIREPLACE TUTORIAL FOR DUMMIES ( AND I MEAN FOR DUMMIES ) HERE
DIY FAUX MARBLE MANTEL HERE

Have a great one,
Much love,
Me


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26 comments:

  1. The new white paint looks great Suzan. I like the wicker baskets hanging there too. Yesterday it was 26 C here with a gusty (and I mean knock the wind chimes like crazy gusty) wind from the south. Today it's 16 with a similar wind from the north. Oh well. I have socks on inside my sandals. Not 'cool' but they keep my toes warm. :) Have a great day in the yard!

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  2. I like the white version of the fireplace, but both are pretty. The figures are Cupid and Psyche, and it's in the Louvre. It's the Kiss by Antonio Canova. Su

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  3. Love the summer white...perfect!

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  4. Fireplace looks Great.
    Star Wars........May the Fourth be with you :}

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  5. I love it in white, all distressed, looks great. I noticed the picture right away, so beautiful. Went to Halifax and did some fun shopping, a few flipflops and sandles found their way home with me. Gosh, it hit 23 C today, got nuts!! xo Patty

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  6. Suzan, the white looks SO much nicer... summerier... than grey/gray. :) Add the baskets and it is definitely a warm weather look. Perfect!
    ~ Christina

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  7. It looks great, Suzan! I'm curious about what books are in those baskets... đŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks Julie !
      Books? Just went to verify LOL
      A Suitable Boy - by Vikram Seth - ( next on the list )
      The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Agatha Chrstie Collection
      All the Light we Cannot See - Anthony Doerr ( just finished - O.M.G. - incredible )
      and Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
      XOXO

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  8. I do like it in white...love the basket hanging, too.

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  9. Much better. I love the light, bright, and summery new paint job. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  10. Oh I like the change! It's so pretty! Good idea with the baskets. Silly John. Of course, it's all for you. :-)
    Hugs,
    Ceecee

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  11. What??? No space for John's books in "his" basket??? Sorry Suzan, but this time I'm on poor John's side. Do like the new look of the fireplace mantle.

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  12. Suzan you are so darling, I loved our post and the fireplace looks amazing. Hugs, Jo

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  13. I liked the fireplace in the grey but the white is nice for the warm months. It would take a lot more than two baskets to hold all the books I have in the bedroom! I am working on that book hoarder thing.

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  14. Shorts and flipflops? Wow! I had to wear my winter coat today, it was 46 and rainy. LOL Love the new color of the mantle.

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    1. Thanks so much !
      We've already had some stifling hot days here !
      xoxo

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  15. I think I like it both ways... the gray for different reasons and the white because it's different. Can you make two?

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  16. totally love the white!! so glad your weather is getting warm, have fun!

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  17. I love it in white...and I am loving this weather! We might even get a bit of snow on Friday.....here in Alberta (Not You Guys)......fingers crossed.

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  18. I think the white is deffinitely more summer-y. Red for Christmas?

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  19. I like the white version better, and the baskets are a cute touch. Thanks for linking this to Best of The Weekend!

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  20. I love the gray and the white too... it does look more like summer with the white.

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  21. I love the white distress look. So soft, and so pretty.

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