White Wash Fireplace

I finally tackled a project that I have had on my “to-do” list for a while, and I am so happy with the results!  I’ve never been fond of the color of our brick fireplace…I thought white washing it would give it a rustic look and brighten up the room.  This past weekend, I was feeling motivated and my husband offered to watch the kids, so I decided to act on this opportunity!

Here is a before picture:

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I mixed together 50/50 white latex paint and water in a small bucket.  I taped around the edges of the fireplace as well as around the mantle.  I kept a rag and wet paper towels handy since it was drippy and got messy.

I had a little helper to help me get started :).  It was tempting to go with her suggestion of painting the fireplace all different colors so that it would look like a rainbow.  We discussed it and decided white wash would look best :).

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The project was finished just in time for dinner!  After the first coat, I  had to go back over a few areas to even it out.  It was messy, but not too difficult!  I liked how it turned out with a little bit of the brick showing through.

Final result:

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Daniel Fast: Brown Rice Greek Salad

Here is another tasty Daniel Fast recipe that we liked making 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, roasted (drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper,  and roast in oven for 30 min at 400 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • a couple mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a bowl, combine rice, chickpeas, tomatoes, scallions, avocado, corn, and kalamata olives.  Then mix in lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, mint, garlic, and salt and pepper.  So simple and delicious!