Monday, February 27, 2012

Onto the next (and a Nomination!)

Two weeks ago (while I wasn't blogging), B and I made some alterations to our to-do list. Primarily, we changed around our priorities and added some things. I'll share more on the why and what in the coming weeks, but for now I'll just share what we've been getting up to. 

Even though the bathroom is not 100% complete, I decided to start making some progress on the next room in our home - the living room. Yes, I've been working on this refresh for a few months now, but the space really hasn't evolved into something I love. Hopefully, the next few changes in here will help to change that. The first thing I wanted to take care of was the fireplace...

February 1, 2012

You may remember that it looked like this the other week after I started cleaning it. Of course, cleaning was just the first step in preparing it for a facelift. B and I had agreed it needed to be painted, so last week we pulled out my Para Paints paint deck and started to browse through the different shades of grey. We finally landed on "Gale Force Winds". The next day I headed over to our local Home Depot, with the gift card they provided to me after completing my chalk board project back in the fall. I colour matched our Para Paint to Behr's paint and primer in one, and that night I got to painting.

It went on nice and thick and gave us really great coverage. Once it was on though, we started to question it next to the blue on the walls...

February 27 2012
{Apologies for the photo quality. We are still using an old desktop and I have no photo editing software... and the TV needs to be moved back to the basement. It's been over our fireplace since the SuperBowl - that's coming this week...}

Thankfully, we don't anticipate having the grey next to the blue for much longer! Our next step in this room is to get new flooring down and some pretty white built-ins and a mantle (care of my talented father). This is my inspiration photo - but our built-in's will go up to the ceiling...

via the yellow cape cod

Of course, instead of the TV over our fireplace, we plan to expose the rest of the brick and paint it the same grey as the lower portion. I'm so thrilled for this part of the "refresh", I know it will make a huge impact in the room. Now we just need my father to be freed up from all of his other projects.

Do you have any big new projects coming up? Maybe anything custom being added to your house?

I also want to let you all know that First Time Fancy has been nominated as Best Remodeling Blogger in the 2012 JDR Industry Blogger Awards! Voting is now open. Please vote for us here. The badge to the right also links to the site where you can vote for us! Voting is open until April 13th, and we'd love your support!



  1. I can't wait to see how this turns out - it's going to be amazing!!

  2. Its going to be the perfect compliment to your living room!! Our next big project is doing built-in bookcases in our living room, we are anxious to get started on this project, congrats! I will vote for you:)

  3. congrats on your nomination! that's awesome, i'll be voting for you!

  4. Yay! Congrats on the well deserved nomination, off to vote!

  5. I love your inspiration picture! White built ins around a fireplace always look good. Congrats on the nomination it's well deserved!

  6. I voted! Good luck! And I am loving where this reno is going~

  7. Ooh love the inspiration pic! Your fireplace is going to look fab :) And I voted!!! xo


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