Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Fireplace Makeover

I love a cottage style home and try to create that feeling in my own home.
i look for white and neutral pieces to decorate with and love to bring in natural elements.
it keeps the home light, airy and refreshing and it also makes it is easy to decorate for any season or holiday.
Bringing in these two white outdoor folding chairs into my living room create a cottage feel.

The two French vintage hand loomed monogrammed pillows that are resting on my chairs are considered one of those 'it was meant to be purchases' since they have mine and my daughters initials on them.

When ever i find a piece of art i like it always has a hefty price tag to go along with it. For an alternative piece of art i hung an old window dressed with a sticker from the ceiling.
i bought the white chain from a local hardware store.

i like the simplicity of just having the window displayed on my mantel, for now. Maybe i'll get around to doing a summer mantle before summer is gone.

The day we moved in i went around and took pictures of everything so i could share before and after pictures.
Be prepared, it's not pretty!

I do dream of a different kind of flooring but for now this is what it is and i'm appreciative of all the things i do have!

Have a wonderful week my friends!

until next time,


I'm sharing at..
Faded Charm- White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style - Wow us Wednesdays
A Beach Cottage- Good Life Wednesdays
French Country Cottage- Feather Your Nest Fridays
At The Picket Fence- Inspiration Friday
My Romantic Home- Show and Tell Friday
Between Naps on the Porch- Metamorphosis Monday
Miss Mustard Seed- Furniture Feature Friday


  1. Your fireplace looks so fresh now. Love the bird on the window too.


  2. Lovely! I see you too had a house that people said "you bought this?".

  3. What a difference your fireplace is from the before to the after! I love the after much better, you did an amazing job. I love those outdoor chairs! I wish I could find some of those here in Colorado!


  4. Cheryl, so good to find you, I adore what you have created in your home, a wonderful transformation!

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  5. Hi!!now i catch an idea from you to make something diffrent with a old window THANKS!!
    your transformation are amazing!!
    Hugs from Gabriella in Sweden

  6. What a pretty transformation, Cheryl. I LOVE those pillows. I would've been a meant to be purchase in my eyes too :)

  7. What a great transformation! Well done :)

  8. I am in LOVE with your chippy white chairs Cheryl! ;) Hope you had a wonderful 4th! Hugs, Rachel

  9. fantastic makeover, looks so much nicer in white!

  10. Wow, your fireplace looks gorgeous!
    What a perfect makeover!

    Your photo's on your blog are beautiful,
    have a great day,

  11. I love the cottage look also. Please visit my site at chestercountycottagegirl.blogspot.com.

    The fireplace makeover looks great too!

  12. I love all the white!

    When we get back from Brimfield I'm gonna be doing some painting in my house. I can't decide to stick with white walls or do some soft color! It will probably be white cause I a lazy painter and like to get done fast!

    That's what is so great about old things, use them for a while sell them and get something else!


  13. Cheryl, I really love your style, and I love that you do things a little at a time, I'm the same way. Some projects take a while for me to get to but my vision stays the same. Wonderful chairs by the way! And the pillows are perfect.

  14. dramatic difference! And it seems that you are indeed achieving the cottage look that you have in mind - really really pretty and feminine without being at all fussy. Great idea on converting an old window pane into an impromptu artistic focal point. Love that idea!

  15. what a gorgeous transformation! J'adore!!

  16. Popping in from White Wednesday! That looks so good, it would be the perfect spot for an indoor picnic!

  17. Wow! Love that little bird, the chairs are adorable too!
    -Jessica & Holly

  18. That painted brick is seriously pretty, Cheryl! What a huge difference it made in the room! Love the simple, airy, cottagey feel of your styling! :)

    xoxo laurie

  19. girl, you are talented! love it. love it. love it.


  20. Oh the fireplace area looks so pretty now!

  21. What a transformation - love the white, fesh fireplace!

  22. I'm so glad my fireplace (exactly like yours) was already painted white when we moved in two years ago - it is a great palette for anything we choose to decorate with, isn't it? Good job!

  23. Truly a great transformation. Magazine worth!

  24. WOW your fireplace transformation looks fabulous and I love those chairs too!! Martina

  25. Looks great! I've been wanting to paint my fireplace for a while-think I'll go get some paint! Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Love your simple but elegant style...so very charming! But those blueberry pickers in the post below really steal the show...just darling...

  27. It beautiful! Your carpet looks great! I have a green carpet so I have to live with it for now.

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  28. So cute and freshened up with white! Nice job. Thank you for seeing "crisp and fresh" where others might see "dingy and dated...oh yeah and DARK"

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    ~Suzanne in Illinois

  29. What an absolutely gorgeous transformation! It looks just exactly as you described your desire for your home to be and I'm with you that the simplicity of the window above its perfect. Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday!

  30. Hello...

    I love the look of your fresh white fireplace, my friend! It looks sooo different from the "before" photo! I also just adore the pretty window art that you hung above the mantel! Love the sweet bird motif! That's gorgeous! Yes, I love your fresh, crisp white summer decor...simply beautiful!

    Warmest summery wishes,

  31. So pretty and gentle. Love the bird sticker :) Ava

  32. Hi Cheryl, I love those chippy folding chairs. It was a great choice to paint the mantle white, it really brightens it up, and the window, hanging by the chain is a cute idea. I found you at Romantic home linky, Following you now.

  33. Wow - what a truly sweet area for you to enjoy! loving how cheerful it turned out! xoxo, tracie

  34. Love love love your gorgeous white fireplace! Such a wonderful transformation and so fresh and serene now. Love your chairs too- they are so charming! Thank you for sharing this over at Feathered Nest Friday this week! :)

  35. OMG i love it! I just moved into my home and i have this huge ugly fireplace and i so want to paint it white but i am afraid too, but seeing yours it looks great! Let me take a picture of mine and i will send to you and maybe you can let me know what you think?? Yours turned out great. :)

  36. You make me want to get a fireplace.