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Monday, April 18, 2011

Free Fireplace Renovation

So do you remember the free fireplace I picked up on the side of the road?

Well this weekend it was so cold here
we didn't get to go outside at all
and since we were basically going stir crazy
we moved a bunch of rooms around

The front living room
which we just made into the dining room
is now the reading room

The dining table was moved into the kitchen
and the kitchen table was moved down to the craft room
No more working on the floor for me!

Anyway I also had a chance to redo the fireplace

Once we rearranged the furniture
in the reading room
I knew we had the perfect spot for it
Plus when I think reading room
I think bookshelves
cozy couches
and a fireplace

First we had to position it in the room
to make sure it went okay
and of course the girls thought
it was super fun to play in

How cute are they!

Once we decided it would fit
we dragged it back out to the garage
and I started the process
 of "making it more us"

I primed
painted two coats of creamy white
distressed it heavily
and added a glaze of dark walnut stain

and now we have this...

And here it is all lit up :)
Now I just need to grab a book
and a hot cup of coffee
(oh and move it from the garage
back into the house) 

Linking to:
Keeping It Simple
Dittle Dattle
Polly Want a Crafter

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Beautiful transformation! Although, I think it's best look was with your two precious kiddos peeking out from it. :) Becca

  2. Wow, what a transformation, it looks like a totally different piece, in the best possible way!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog...your fireplace looks amazing, great job! I want to find one for free!

  4. This is gorgeous, great job! I'd love for you to share this at my Share the Wealth Wednesday LInk Party at

  5. Great job it looks wonderful! I am amazed at all you get done with two little ones. Your a super Mom.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  6. Stunning!!

    Would love for you to come share at my party!

  7. love this! I'm your newest follower visiting from


  8. That looks fantastic! Love the pic of your girls at the top! Your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

  9. OMG. Are you girls hysterical or what!? They seem so carefree and happy! Good job, mom! The fireplace looks awesome. Do you ever want to take the 'after' pics back to the house where you got the trash to treasure and show them what they missed out on!? I always think about that, but I don't because I think I would appear quite rude. lol Anyway, great redo and even cuter girls.;)

  10. Adorable girls, and this transformation is awesome! Extra points for finding it on the side of the road!

  11. That looks amazing! Great job! I have a new link party starting on Monday and this would be perfect to link up. There's more info at the bottom of this link:

    Thanks! Anna :)

  12. wow, you it like easy-peasy. great job!

  13. This transformation is AMAZING!

    What a great example of taking something ordinary and making it EXTRAORDINARY.

    Love the job you did on this!

    Starview Sonnet

  14. How do you make a glaze with stain over paint? I love this transformation you made and would love to paint an old desk I have using this technique of stain over paint.