In recent months we have had so much to deal with, so many changes, some creative, others causing us all to think of ways to stay healthy and productive while trying to strike a balance and to remain positive about the future, post Pandemic.
How do we adapt to these challenging times?
Thank good ness for social media, the internet, daily news, online networking, zoom and video calls, working from home are the new norm.
How do we fill in the time? There is no doubt that Home Improvement. garden, landscaping have all benefited from people being at home more.
We have tried to find new ways of working and new ideas that don’t bust the budget. Tending the garden, planting annuals and shrubs to add colour to our planters, hanging baskets and borders.
What about the inside of our home?
I have been meaning to redecorate our sitting room downstairs for a while. It hasn’t been decorated for a few years.. It was one of the first rooms I painted before we moved in.
This room leads out to our deck at the rear of the house overlooking the back garden.
I must confess that starting a project is the biggest hurdle. It is all in the planning and preparation! plus, the upheaval of storing furniture elsewhere.
So its lovely to sit and see the view from te patio door and long windows.
I procrastinated far too long. Time to roll my sleeves up..
Preparing the room is the most laborious task but, it is essential.
Clearing the room of furniture, wiping down walls, base boards, scrubbing the fireplace, sealing off vents electric sockets windows and open doorways to minimize dust.
we started with removing the fireplace wooden mantle and surround. It was the original fireplace built in the mid 1980s. the mantle had been built to last, so muscle and brute force required.
Next The Red Oak floors were in great shape just needing a refresh. Once sanded and a satin varnish applied we could then start the next phase. The floor we it covered with polyurethane sheets and drop cloths before the ceiling and crown molding could be painted.
The room before renovation
I have never tried to paint or white wash a fire place before. I was surprised at how easy it was and pretty quick too.
This is what I used. Instructions and a video were so easy to follow.
Prior to whitewashing the brick. I spray painted the fire surround and grate with black Rustoleum (heat resistant)
Next a cover to protect the fireplace, prior to painting the walls with www.sherwinwilliams.com Warm Neutrals – Cotton SW 9581.
Over the fireplace I had in mind somethin different. It had to have texture, nothing dark or too patterned. In the back of my mind I kept going back to Shiplap!
This fireplace was screaming out for a mantle, we choose a faux beam curtesy of www.etsy.com
Thank you Mr L for your craftmanship fitting this faux beam perfectly, plus measuring the wall and shiplap planks.
The whole room is so much brighter, warmth coming from the textures and colours of the furniture.
The reason I did not want a patterned wallpaper over the fireplace was this…….. I had another idea!
So to be bold and brave. the well in front of the patio door housed the original tile and a floor mat. Out with the bland old tiles and in their place we both agreed that these tiles would be perfect.
We chose a porcelain tile called San Juan from www.flooranddecor.com to add a little pizazz. A Mexican/Spanish influence to the neutral tones of our sitting room.
Finally our room is finished. Just a few accessories required. Rug a bargain deal from www.wayfair.com. Candles and holders – www.amazon.com The wreath I already had , the porcelain dog we brought from England – family possessions. Wooden shutters and planters I found in www.target.com. Hearth accessories we already had.
What a team we make.
This room is breathtaking.
The ottoman I chose for the colour and pattern, its quirky!
Window dressing eventually we chose light drapes Maddison Park lined white silk with embroidered branches climbing and third of the way up from the hem. www.jcpenney.com
Lamps – Reading lamp we already had, the table lamp was from www.homedepot.com. I had been searching for a hollow lamp so I could put something inside it. As we had greenery on the mantle I ran with the idea of a glass vase and filled it with wine corks to carry on the vino vibe on the hearth.
With the gas log fire burning, a good book, a glass of wine on the chaise lounge relaxing.and enjoying our newly decorated room.
What project are you currently working on?
Home Renovation Project- Decorating a Room