Friday, October 15, 2010

TWO painted pails and some burnt carpet

Yikes, it has been a craaaaaazy busy Thanksgiving holiday for us up here in Canada.  It was more like Thanksgiving two weeks.  We spent over 18 hours on the road!

Anyway, I haven't had much time to do anything but pack and unpack my suitcase over and over again.  We got back on Monday with just enough time to throw on dress clothes and make it to Thanksgiving dinner with our Bible study, my in-laws came on Thursday (yesterday) for the night, and now I'm supposed to be packing again for a youth retreat at Clearwater Bible camp this weekend.  Needless to say, I am NOT prepared for sleeping in a cabin with screaming teenage girls.

On the upside, I got my "ash" pail painted!  On the downside, it burned a nice patch on my living room carpet.  Guess we gotta make sure it stays on the hearth from now on!  Maybe now I can get the hardwood flooring of my dreams! For now the fireplace tools cover it very nicely. You can check out what I used to make them here.

I was over at My Repurposed Life and I found Gail's fireplace makeover which I LOVE.  Now that you've seen the beast of a fireplace that we have, here's the question - can you picture a white or antique white facade in my living room? I think it would really brighten up our space!

Gail's beautiful new fireplace
My dark, old fireplace


From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

I'm not a fan of painted fireplaces. I think the original brick, when cleaned up, is more homey and inviting. Also, white fireplaces show the soot and dirt a lot more than the brick ones do, it seems. Of course, that's only a concern if you actually use your fireplace. I did live in an apartment where the fireplace was painted white, but it was nonfunctional. What about painting the mantle white, and maybe swapping out your hearth?

Cammy said...

Good point! And we use ours all the time. I'd hate to create more things to clean for myself.

From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

I hear that, girl! :-) I watched one of those DIY shows on HGTV one time, and the homeowner refused to let the designer paint the fireplace, and so they showed how to clean it, and it looked AWESOME when done. I bet if you did the mantle and maybe tiled over the hearth with a lighter color, it would brighten it up some. :-) And I love your bucket idea!

From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

Cammy - Thanks for stopping over to my blog today! I responded to your comment, but just to make sure you saw it, wanted to message you here too. :-) Cider recipe will be posted this week - it's a borrowed one, so you'll get a link to a GREAT site with a ton of delicious recipes. As far as the format, it's not mine to loan, but I got it from The rules for using it are posted on her blog there, and anyone can use it! :-) So borrow away!!! (I'm glad you messaged though, b/c I thought i had included a link in that post, but had only posted it in the first entry I posted, so I went ahead and edited my post to include it.) Thanks again for stopping over!!! :-) Come back soon!

And on a side note, my word verification for this comment is :dersembr, which sounds funny spoken out loud, as though it's December with a German accent. Try it and give yourself a chuckle! :-) (I always get a kick out of word verifications. I know - weird. Whatevs. ;-) )

Cammy said...

Haha the word verification when I posted on your site was Moloyco...which was funny 'cause my hubby works at a company called Molycop!