Archives for January 2012

Snow Days {Where You Stop Being Sad & Start Being Awesome!}

Snow Days {Where You Stop Being Sad & Start Being Awesome!}

Snow Days are Awesome Days

You know those wonderfully unexpected unusual days where you are safe and snug, but stuck at home because of snow?


Those days are the best, if you are busy most other days like I am.

On a snow day, you stop being stressed.

You stop being busy.

You suddenly find time for baking, sledding, and tasting the snow falling from the sky.

You might nap by the fire.

Snow Days {Where You Stop Being Sad & Start Being Awesome!}

You can’t be sad on a snow day. So you start being awesome.

Those are the best kind of days. Awesome days.

I saw this sign over at House of Hepworths. I think I love it. I want one. Please.

We are still snowed in. I think Thursday is going to be another not-sad-pretty-awesome day.

The Plans {Continuing the Entry & Mantel Makeover}

The Plans {Continuing the Entry & Mantel Makeover}

Alright, so if you are new around here, welcome! I’m glad you are here! Over the past couple of months, I’ve been working on an entry makeover. Specifically right now, I’m adding a faux fireplace mantel to the room. Yesterday I talked about the ideas readers shared and the inspiration picture for the mantel. Now I’m going to fill you in on how I’m thinking I can recreate the inspiration photo in my own way. No, it isn’t done yet. Sorry to those of you who were holding your breath for the big “AFTER” reveal. It isn’t going to be one of those real quick things, but I’m still hoping it won’t take too long. {famous last words, right?}

I know there are dozens of options and ideas you all thought of for this that might seem easier or classier or cooler or better. An antique screen or vent would have been lovely, I know. But that is just not in the budget or time frame. So just stick with me here.

The Plans {Continuing the Entry & Mantel Makeover}

Inspiration image: Skonahem 

I happened to find white ventilated shelves (see them in the top photo) at Lowe’s. I figured if I got two of them and used them together lengthwise like a built in screen, they would almost fill the space in the mantel and would loosely give the same feel as my inspiration picture. Can you kind of picture using the shelves? I know, you kind of have to twist your head sideways and imagine the inspiration picture without the lattice. And with shelves.

I should mention that when I showed my husband my idea to use shelves to create a screen, he looked at me like I was crazy. Shelves? He isn’t all that into DIY projects. Let’s be honest. His eyes grow dull and almost roll back into his head when I mention that John and Sherry do DIY projects together.

Really, he is more afraid of ME working on this project because it is a known fact, I have no DIY skill. Or tools. I cause damage. I just want the finished project. Ha! So, this could be very dangerous for all involved. The riskiest part is that I’m telling you all about it now, before it is done. Kind of makes me have heart palpitations.

The Plans {Continuing the Entry & Mantel Makeover}

Let me clarify, I’m no stranger to covering up fireplace mantel black holes. But, that one pictured above was easy peasy.

All things considered, a mishap on this fireplace makeover is probably pretty likely. And everyone might not like how it turns out. But I’m willing to accept that risk. It is all a part of moving ahead on a budget, right? I’m determined to finish this entry.

The Plans {Continuing the Entry & Mantel Makeover}

If you missed what the other side of the entry looks like (the wall to the left of my mantel) you can check it out in my “painting stripes post.”

Coming up:

Besides this fireplace project, here are just a few posts that are COMING UP in the near future!

  • Paint Colors {where I am headed, where I’ve been, and things I consider when choosing my wall colors}.
  • Before and After: My Front Door. You never got to see an official before and after photo, so I’m going to remedy that so I’m keeping up with my entry makeover posts!
  • The Upstairs Bathroom Makeover Reveal! Yeah FINALLY!
  • The start of my Office Makeover Project! So excited to get this project started!

Seattle is expecting a whopper of a snow storm Wednesday, so I’ve stocked up on comfort food and am ready to hibernate for awhile! I’m hoping for lots of snow! Do you love a good snow storm? I do. If I’m safe and warm inside, that is!