Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Add Some Character to a Fireplace. Flank it with Repurposed Closet Panels and Lanterns.



Recently, we put our house up for sale. After years, and years, of commuting our boys 45 minutes each way to school, we finally are hoping to get closer to their school. YAY!

And this putting a house up for sale thing is extremely consuming.

Every minute has been about getting the house ready and keeping it clean. Every minute. How do you keep a house clean? I finally figured it out. All you do is clean. So, due to all this cleaning, my posts have been down and my inventory on Etsy is low.

But now, I am eager to share some things. In preparation for putting our house up for sale, I did finish a couple of projects. Here is an easy DIY you can finish in a day:

One area of our current home that has always bothered me, has been all the negative space around our fireplace. Lacking any windows or built-ins, it needed something to flank the fireplace to give it more presence.


I had purchased these two closet door panels at $5 a piece at the Second Chance store in Baltimore. I had planned to use them to flank the our master bed, but when I changed some design ideas for our bedroom, I decided to use them around our fireplace.


I first used wood putty to fill any holes and then lightly sanded. I painted the already off-white panels with Navajo white chalk paint by the American Paint Company, then lightly distressed them and added some dark wax along the edges to bring out the wood details. Finally, I screwed in a metal hook and painted it white.


Next, I hung a pair of lanterns I already had on the hooks and added some battery operated candles on timers.

Now, instead of a fireplace swallowed up by a large wall, it has become a beautiful focal point.
 Best, of all this project was easy and inexpensive.




Find beauty in your day!
Debbie










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