January 2019 | Raising A Farmhouse

Monday, January 28, 2019

How to make stenciled brick look 3D

Hey Friends! I'm so excited to share this tutorial with you!
I had racked my brains out trying to figure out what to do for the insert of our DIY fireplace.
I had originally planned to do a tile, but I  just couldn't decide what I wanted, it's such a permanent choice. Most everything I loved was also quite expensive, so I thought if I ever wanted to change it or cover it with one of those faux birch stacked screens, 
I should choose something a bit more economical. 

So, I started searching stencils. 
I came across this stencil here,

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 and I loved how modern it looked and the bricks were longer than most of the brick stencils
 I found, also this one was quite a bit less than most stencils.

So here's how I created this look.
First I picked out my colors from Sherwin Williams. I got samples and I chose Functional Gray for the grout and Back Drop for the brick.
I started off by painting the insert with SW Functional Gray.
I used some products that really helped make the job easier, and who doesn't love easier?!
I need to tell you about this amazing company called Handy Paint Products. Have you heard of them?
Last fall I had signed up to do the fall ORC and I was going to redo our bathroom. They decided to sponsor me and gave my some really great Handy Paint Pal trays. Long story short, I wasn't able to participate in the ORC due to just having my son, he was having issues and I honestly should have never signed up. I emailed them and let the know, I even offered to mail back their products, I felt so horrible. They were so nice, they told me not to worry about it, they were a family owned company, they told me that they completely understood and that family comes first. WOW!  
That really resonated with me, what sweet people.
You can buy their products at Lowes and Home Depot.
You can also purchase them here online.

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They're easy to use, ergonomic and all their trays have liners 
you can purchase so it makes clean up a breeze!
I let the first coat dry.
Once it dried, I started with the stencil and worked my way down.

Once I finished it, I really liked it, but I felt like it still needed a little something.
I wanted some texture, they were just looking so flat to me. I mean I knew it wasn't going to look like real brick, but I didn't want it to look totally painted on and cheesy. So, I grabbed some plaster from the garage and one of my palette knifes and started texturing the bricks.

I originally planned to paint the bricks the same color, but just have a bit of raised texture, but once I got it all done and I stood back, I decided I really loved them the way they were!
They really blend well with the mantle. I thought about adding some paint to the plaster and adding a third color, and I still might, but I thought I would live with this look for a bit before I decide.
I have been doing a lot of rearranging, so I will be sharing more with you soon!
And I still need to color wash the top piece of crown molding... one day... 

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I'm also going to change out the Antique insert. I'm not sure what I want, but I'm thinking some birch logs or something. I also plan to do a tile hearth and I'm thinking of that black and white vintage looking tile, the kind that makes little black hexagon flowers...
I love those, and I think I need them in my life somewhere.

So there you have it, this is how I stenciled my insert and gave it a bit of  a 3d look.
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Farmhouse lights in the kitchen

Well I finally did it!
I changed out my Island lights. I bought these to do a DIY before I had my son and never got around to doing it! So I had a few spare minutes over the weekend and got these suckers installed.
And... I love them!

I had been searching for a casual but still chic option for lighting to replace my Crystal Chandis, I had grown a bit tired of having a very formal look to my kitchen especially with the large crystal chandelier in my dining that is directly adjacent from the kitchen.
I wanted something that complimented my kitchen but was still interesting... 
That combo usually means lots of money... I had searched the internet but nothing was coming up in a white and gold combo that fit my budget.
So I did what I always do... buy a cheaper option and DIY it.
So I bought some plain black lights here.
They now have a white option as well...

And I opted to spray mine in a matte white and gold.
And I think they turned out pretty darn great!
What do you think?
I'm really loving the more country casual vibe that my kitchen has going on. 
It now makes the formal dining room chandelier a bit more special:)
It's still sometimes still hard to believe that the kitchen went from this, circa 2012...
to this.....
But thank goodness it has:)
Oh the power of paint!


Friday, January 11, 2019

A simple winter living room

Happy January... I still can't believe the holiday season
 just flew by and here we are in the midst of the new year!
Taking down all the Christmas decor is always more daunting than dragging it all out and putting back your home and transitioning to appropriate winter decor is even more difficult.
Right before Christmas we were able to get my faux fireplace made. I need to do a post and show you how we made it, but that will be another day. For now I still need to stain the top crown molding and figure out something for the interior. I have been debating on tiling it, but I'm not sure. 
I don't want to regret my choice.
My cousin gave me these amazing horns over Thanksgiving break and I could not wait to strip the house of all Christmas and get these babies up. She ended up going a bit more modern in her new home so I was much obliged to take these off her hands.
I just love how chic and simple they are and they look amazing above my mantle.
I kept the mantle simple with just a few tarnished brass candle holders and an oil glass lamp.
I love how pretty and chippy the mantle is, so I don't want to clutter it up too much just yet:)
I want to enjoy the simplicity.
I also added this oval frame and these cream hydrangeas in a mercury glass vase.
I'm trying to keep things simple and neutral that can easily transition to spring.
I found this gorgeous blanket at Tuesday Morning last week and I absolutely love all the texture!
Just a simple and clean back drop that can easily walk right into spring.

And... the newest addition to our decor... my $50 thrift store find...
I finally got the little french settee finished and I love how it turned out:)
Not a bad little DIY
Hope you all are having a fantastic start to your new year!
Have a great Friday Night:)

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