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:


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 :).


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:



Bench Seat Cushion


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:


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.


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.


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.