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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Bench Seat Cushion

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When we bought our house a couple years ago, my daughter’s room came with these awesome built-ins.  I have been saying that I will make a bench cushion for the window seat in this room for over a year now, and I FINALLY did it!  It was so easy and fun!

Here is what you need:

  • fabric (I got mine from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft)
  • Foam (I got a 2 inch thick firm foam sheet off Amazon)
  • batting
  • plywood
  • staple gun
  • craft glue (optional)

First measure your bench:

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Next, pick out and buy your fabric.  At Jo-Ann’s, you pick out your fabric and they cut it to the size you need.  I also bought my batting at Jo-Ann’s.  I bought my plywood at Home Depot, and they cut the length you need at the store as well.  I ordered my foam off Amazon, because it was cheapest there.

Ready to get started!  First, I had to cut down the length of my foam just a little.  I used one of our heavy duty kitchen knives for this task and it got the job done.

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I then used some craft glue to attach the foam to the plywood.  Next I placed the fabric face down on the ground and layered the batting followed by the foam face down and plywood on top.

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I then pulled the fabric tight (but not too tight) on one of the long sides and folded it up over the plywood to staple it to the plywood.

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After both long sides were stapled, I folded the ends like wrapping a gift and stapled them.

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And that is THAT!  DONE!  One thing I might suggest is to iron your fabric first if there are creases.

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