November 24, 2014

Our New Home: Fireplace Makeover

I'm over due for a Monday progress post so I'm finally sharing my fireplace makeover! YAY!  I'm so happy with how it turned out!  No more scary pink tile staring at us while we're trying to chill out in front of the fire. 

...happy sigh.


I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and then a thin wash of Old White.  Then I wiped it down with a wet cloth and sealed with clear wax.

As far as the decor goes, I just started throwing things up there.  I was kind of in a hurry, didn't want to miss out on the good light!

I'm still trying to figure out what works in this space.  My kids keep asking me why I'm moving things around again and again.

"Because that's what your silly mommy does."

At my last visit to Anthropologie, one of the displays had rope with chandelier crystals hanging of the ends.  I was so pretty!  I tried to copy it, and well...

I think it looks a bit silly.  Oh well.

 The book on the ottoman is called "A Life Less Ordinary" and it's such a beautiful book, one of my favorites for sure. I found mine at Anthropologie.

This is one of my favorite pages...

"There are absolutely no rules to follow when putting your home together.  Be adventurous and shun convention, and be inspired by your surroundings. Above all, be true to yourself and fall in love with what you create."

 There you have it.  Things are coming along!

If you have any questions, let me know!  I have to rush off to our Weekly big family dinner and I know I left stuff out.

I'll hop back on later tonight and include sources. 



  1. You really have a gift for decorating. And because of our previous correspondence I know you also have a gift with words. You should write a book. Thanks for inspiring!!!

  2. Oh my goodness, what a difference! I would have been scared to paint tile but it turned out amazing! Inspiring!

  3. oh boy I am so impressed!!!! I just took a Annie Sloan chalk paint class this Saturday and now I have plans to paint my first piece of furniture. I love your style and always pin when I am here. Have a super great Thanksgiving, warm greetings from Olympia. Christine from Little Brags

  4. This looks amazing! I didn't even know you could paint tile like that! I live the way you mix in textures, salvage, and new pieces its all fantastic. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! I'll be looking for you on IG. Hugs, CoCo

  5. Renee (addicted to darling vintage)November 25, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    I look forward to all your posts! I think you have the most perfect taste in styling! You are a natural at putting things together... I keep showing my husband pics and telling him "this is how I want our house to look" LOL! Once again you out-did yourself and the fireplace looks AMAZING!! That whole space looks comfy and perfect!!

  6. Gorgeous!!! What a transformation, Jen. I could sit there for comfy, warm and beautiful. So glad we've connected on IG. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo

  7. Wow, Jen what a beautiful transformation! Your house is like a blank canvas ready for you to finish in your gorgeous style!