On my way home from work last Friday I saw something on the side of the road that caught my eye. It was dirty and dusty but beautiful and had the word “FREE!” written in chalk on the sidewalk underneath it.
I called Robert to help me carry it inside.
“And where is this going?”, he asked. “In the living room. The TV is going to sit on it”, I replied. “But we already have the TV on something. It’s on the hutch”. “That hutch is going into the bedroom – where we need it more!”
Honestly, why don’t men catch on quicker to intricate plans that we’ve devised and formulated entirely in our heads over months and never shared with anyone? It’s really not that hard.
I mean look at it. There’s no way I was going to let it stay one moment longer on someone’s lawn. It’s beautiful! It has sweet carved flowers and scrolls across the dresser and on handles. It’s difficult to see, but in places the flower details are stained red and green, but they are long worn down and faded.
I have no intention of touching-up the scratches or distress marks for the time being. We all have our scars and shouldn’t feel the need to hide them. And for what it’s worth, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in painting it.
I don’t want to admit how long I’ve been working on updating our fireplace but it’s getting close to 2 years at this point. I painted the fireplace white when I painted our living room burgundy in November 2017. When we first moved in the walls in our living room were a blueish shade of grey, the picture rail was a second shade of grey, the fireplace was two shades of beige and the ceiling was a lighter shade of beige. It’s a horrible before photo below, but this is the best one I have …
Considering the unusual shape of our fireplace, I thought the best way to highlight it would be to paint the fireplace and the mantle white against the rest of the burgundy walls. It was around the same time I painted our dining room hutch makeover in ‘Coal Black’ that I thought about painting the inside of the fireplace a dark colour. Along with Coal Black paint, Fusion Mineral Paint sent me their dark grey shade of Ash. It would be perfect for the inside of the fireplace as it was beautifully dark without being straight up black. Fusion Mineral Paint also sent the sweet shade Little Lamb grey which I immediately knew would be perfect in faux marbleizing the fireplace.
For a long time I didn’t know exactly how I should paint it so I got stuck [anyone else get stuck thinking for so long that they get more and more overwhelmed by a project?]. For about 6 months our fireplace sat half-painted, until only recently when I finished marbleizing the fireplace [overwhelming work schedule + a toddler transitioning into a threenager], but I’m really happy with how it turned out!
A very last minute decision I made that really brought the fireplace together was to paint the tiles in the same Ash paint as the inside of the fireplace. Fusion Mineral Paint adhere’s perfectly to tiles, especially in this situation as it’s not a high-traffic area. The tiles weren’t in great condition to begin with and weren’t historic to the property, so I took a chance and painted them. It really pulled the fireplace together and made it look like a complete unit. I think so at least!
It was quite a surprisingly easy process faux-marbleizing our fireplace with Fusion Mineral Paint. Despite it being quite a bumpy surface, I think it still looks relatively convincing. At the very least, it looks better than it did before. I also took some step-by-step photos of the process and I’m hoping to be able to put together a tutorial for exactly how I did it. There are a lot of photos and I figured it would be overwhelming to have them all in one blog post.
I’m hoping to share a tutorial in the coming weeks about exactly how I faux marbled our Fusion Mineral Paint fireplace. A huge thank you again to Fusion Mineral Paint for partnering with me on another makeover project and for sincerely having such incredible and versatile paint.
DISCLOSURE – while this post is not sponsored, I did receive this paint free of charge from Fusion Mineral Paint in exchange for a blog post. I only work with brands that I like and of course, think you will too. Thank you for supporting the companies that support The Interior DIYer.
This past weekend we had some really lovely warm weather [what a concept!] so we visited a few towns outside of Ottawa; Kemptville, Smiths Falls and Carleton Place, but in between those was Merrickville. It came recommended to me by my Work Wife and she was pretty on point. Merrickville is full of the most gorgeous houses, yard sales and sweetest of shops. We first had lunch then wandered along St. Lawrence Street and as soon as I saw the window for Wick Witch Candle & Bath Co., there was no way I wasn’t going in.
As soon as I walked in the door, I felt seen. This shop was incredible. First of all, it was a shop within a shop, which just added to the magic of it all and reminded me so much of my dream bedroom when I was younger – a tiny house within my bedroom. Windows, doors, siding and stairs included.
Oh god, the candles. I realize this will sound over the top, but I loved every single one of them. Case in point – I spent easily 45 minutes going from candle to candle, swilling them around under my nose. When Robert and Cora eventually found me in the shop, I started to panic because I knew it meant I had to leave soon. How was I supposed to pick just one, or even two candles? I couldn’t handle the pressure. Me going around the store smelling each candle for the eighth time reminded me of that time Patsy and Eddie visited that vineyard in France and couldn’t decide what which to buy so they bought all of them:
Have you ever smelt something and it immediately reminded you of something else you thought you had long forgotten? I bought their Ginger Nutmeg candle, which nearly made me cry the moment I smelled it [it reminds me of autumn and winter so much from when I was younger] as well as their Love Potion candle, which has a light and fresh summery smell.
Every detail was so perfect. The display cabinets, the excellently named candles [Whore Island and Fuck Off Mosquitoes to name a few], the crystals, crows and spiders around the store, and the ‘kitchen’ you can look in on. For such a small space, so much is packed into it.