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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Here a Tweak, There a Tweak ...

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Many of you are familiar with the transformation of our fireplace/surround that took place a couple of years ago.  It went from this:


to THIS:


Well, a few days ago, I decided to add a couple of coats of Old White chalk paint to it for a subtle change:


I also lightly distressed it:


And then added a few swipes of Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff to the center scrollie:


Annnnnnd, I decided to paint the slate surround a soft caramel:


Just a little fun tweaking!


While we're here, I have to give a little shout out to the cute PB pillow I added to the parsons chair:


Off in the background, you might notice that I tweaked another piece, as well:


This was once the bird piece that I painted AS Chateaux Grey:


I thought it was missing "something," so I taped a stencil I had to the center, painted it Old White and then added Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff:


There, that's better:


Your turn to "tweak" something! 

Oh, and just lookie what I found today ... isn't it bee-you-teee-fulllll ?!  Fall is about to explode in blogland:


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44 comments:

Lynda said...

Beautiful, beautiful!!

I love the mercury glass pumpkin!! Where did you find it??

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Becca, the mantel looks great. I love how the Old White is softer than the shiny paint before. Cute pillow. Can't have too many of those. I love the added stencil to the chest.

Liesl said...

LOVE the change and the accents...looks wonderful! Lovely work, as always, Becca!!!

Liesl :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love all your tweaking, Becca! I would love to do what you did to your fireplace to the one in our new place. I think the TV is going to wind up going over it though, so we'll see. I'm ready for Fall; it's been a horrible Summer here!

Gina said...

Beautiful fireplace surround! It looks much prettier with the chalk paint.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Looking great Becca. I love that pillow too. I agree the stencil was the perfect last touch.

sissie said...

Hi Becca,
First of all, I want that silver pumpkin!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant it!

Love the mantel tweak, very pretty.
Also the images on the chest look wonderful.

hugs
Sissie

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Love it Becca. I have got to try the chalk paint, just seeing so much of it in blog land. Love the stencil you added to the chest also. As usual, everything looks beautiful!

Judy said...

Love what you did to your fireplace surround...and that pumpkin? Just send it my way! I'm so ready for fall! Wait until you see the lamp I got when we went out of town this past weekend...another RH look alike for much less (at T.J. Maxx!)

Judy

T said...

I love it! The hubby and I are about to transition from an apartment to a house. I have seen so many of inspirational ideas from your decorating. Keep em coming!

Liz said...

Becca,
Your mantel looks beautiful! You sure know how to "tweak" 2 perfection. I love it all, but I am really in love with the new stencil you've painted on that piece. Now it truly looks complete. The pillow is adorable. I really like your mercury pumpkin,very cute!

Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

NanaDiana said...

Becca-It all looks wonderful! I love the surround painted with the chalk paint and the stenciling on your dresser is great! You did a wonderful job. Fall? Did you say Fall? We've barely had a summmer-sigh....I guess it's coming whether I am ready or not-xo Diana

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Love your mantle Becca.
Have seen it in your pics but did not know that you had architecturally transformed it!
The new white and gold touches look amazing.
Love the close up shots.
Great job!
xx
A

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Becca, I have always loved your over-mantel..beautiful. The chest looks great in the new color and the mercury glass pumpkin is fabulous.
xo,
Sherry

Jemsmom said...

MUST HAVE THAT PUMPKIN!!! Where did you get it??? I can't even think of fall... it is so hot!! Your mantle looks gorgeous. I love the softer look with the chalk paint! When are you starting your business????

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Just beautiful Becca! Love the stenciling on the dresser and the fireplace is so neat looking with the AS paint!

Rondell

Melissa Miller said...

Wow! I cannot believe you painted the chest. You are brave and it sure did turn out gorgeous. Love the entire fireplace!

Gypsy Heart said...

I covet the pillow!! The mantle looks wonderful...great job. Love the stencil on the chest too. Of course, I adore pumpkins and all things fall! Lots of good stuff ~

xo
Pat
P.S. Have you checked to see if there is a 12 Step Program for painters? j/k :-) You really do make some gorgeous changes!

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Cyndi said...

Wow! Looks wonderful!

Michele Smith said...

Love your tweaked mantel. I just played with AS chalk paint the other day for the first time...I LOVE IT! Love the color of that chest too and the stencil.
I can't wait for fall to "explode" in blogland!!!

L said...

"tweak" away, girl. You do a great job at changing things up to look even more fabulous than it already was! Pretty silver pumpkin, too.

Farica said...

Well, I like your "tweak here and there". As a matter of fact, I think you should "tweak out" more often. LOL!!! Just messing with you!!! I love it!! I really want to do something to my fireplace, but my husband says NOT to. It is about the only thing I have left alone in our house. So, that's probably a sign it's not far off!! I have two of those MG pumpkins and also the gourd. I LOVE them!!! They are super gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you do with them! Hurry up with the fall pictures!! Liz and I both already look crazy, so jump on in!!!

At The Picket Fence said...

Just when I think you can't make something look any better you just go and take it all up a notch...or 2...or 3!! I love how the mantel looks and painting the surround totally softened it. The stencil on the dresser was the perfect finishing touch and everything looks positively gorgeous my dear! :-)
Vanessa

Sandra said...

Becca, the mantel looks great! That pillow is too cute for words and the stencil, well, just brilliant!

Girl, you need to add a disclaimer to your blog that your ADD is CONTAGIOUS!!!! ;)

Pat said...

Becca the mantel makeover and chest are fabulous!

Karen said...

Awesome!

Love the paint on the fireplace and I also love the way the distressing and rub turned out.

The chest also came out beautifully!

You make it look so easy! :)

Pamma said...

Looks fabulous! Thank God for fall...so hot here. I worked on my mantle today also...looking like fall.
~Pam

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Wow! You have taken "tweaking" to a whole new level. Everything looks marvelous!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Hey girlie, so sorry it's taken my this long to hop over here to see you lastest and greatest. Girl you are unstoppable with all these great paint projects. I had to do a triple take on the caramel surround. So subtle but makes a great statement.... and it's going to look fabulous when you finish with your fall decor (you haven't finished yet, have you?)

OMG, you got a mercury pumpkin!!! I am so jealous. You know I am all about the PB lately. I wished my PB outlet had them :(

Cindy said...

Your home is beautiful and your fireplace...well, what a transformation! So pretty and the stencil added the perfect touch to the chest...
Blessings,
Cindy

Becca said...

Thanks so much, Pam! You'll have to share pictures of your mantel, all decked out for Fall! I'm slowly starting myself.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Did you know that PB has free shipping on those amazing mercury glass pumpkins? Know how many can I order before I max out the credit card? lol.

CAS said...

Those were some mighty fine tweaks, lady! You did good!

We are having "extreme" heat warnings here, so I've gone "full-tilt" into fall decorating. Well, that would be in the spaces I have actually finished unpacking....lol! It's truly my favorite time of year!
:) CAS

Tina said...

The mantel is fabuous! I really love what you have done!

Bobbie said...

Oh, so beautiful. An amazing difference..it was great before..but the after is just fabulous.

Pamela said...

Looks wonderful Becca and I love your new PB pillow!!

Sarah, Three Boys said...

What great ideas! As far as I'm concerned a little rub n' buff is perfect anywhere. Nicely done!

Marianne said...

Oh, you never cease to amaze me! Love the new look on the mantel. The chest is gorgeous with the new color and and the stencil. And where did you get that pumpkin, I just LOVE it!
Marianne :)

KATHY said...

Hi Becca your fireplace looks great. I love the pumpkin.Is the paint you used on the fireplace surround fireproof.I love the carmel color.I didn't know if you need special paint for that.I would love to try it on my fireplace.

Kathy

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Becca,
That Old White has been fun to work with...your mantel looks outstanding. I just put my silver pumpkin out yesterday...FALL is in the air...well kinda!

Blessings,
Linda

Chi-Chi Studio Designs said...

Love the stencil--it really added that "ooph" to the piece!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Very nice tweaking. I really want to do my fall decor in silvers--so easy to slip into the holidays that way.

Jessica @ Nuchey's Mommy said...

Love what you did by increasing the height of your mantle! Looks great! You should add your furniture painted pieces to Miss Mustard Seeds friday furniture link up...maybe you already do!?