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Now for something a little more light hearted…

I may be a crazy lady with the things I get myself into sometimes. I get an urge of motivation to complete a DIY project in my house and can’t stop obsessing over it until it is done. Since I’m at home with the kids, I just sit and day dream about all the new things I want to do in the house. I’ve wanted to white- wash the brick on our huge fireplace for some time. That time was apparently nap time on a Tuesday.

For some miracle I got both of the kids down for a nap at the same time and they both napped an oddly long amount of time (thank you Jesus!) We had an open can of white paint from some of our other projects, so I mixed equal parts water with the paint. I used about 2 cups of water and 2 cups of paint. The white-washing paint mix actually goes a long way, so I could have probably just done 1 to 1.

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I started to go through and paint the brick which was scary and exciting at the same time. You have to move very quickly. The brick sucks up the paint mix and also makes it drip down if you’re not careful. I also had a wet cloth handy to do a little scrubbing on the bricks after a row was painted to bring the intensity down a bit. An optional thing to do.

I was happy with how it turned out when done, and it didn’t take too long at all! I stepped back and couldn’t handle the nasty brown wood color. I have wanted to redo our mantel for some time, but that was another project completely  (aka something the hubbs needed to be in on). I looked at the time, looked at the half pail of white paint, and decided to start to paint the wood.

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I was instantly happy with how it was turning out, but whatever kind of wood they used in the 70s was ridiculously gritty and hard to paint. It sucked up each stroke of paint like crazy. I was determined and kept going as far as I could before the kids woke up.

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What did you think of this? Please share your thoughts, ideas and comments!