DIY: Living Wall
This might be the easiest DIY we’ve done so far. We wanted something on this big empty wall between the library and the living room, but we already have a gallery behind the sofa and a mirror above the fireplace. I considered some sort of tapestry for texture, but then in walked the living wall with its burly green tendrils and all other ideas fell away. It didn’t hurt that we already had everything we needed, except the plants.
Our planties are still babies so they aren’t showing us the cascade effect we want, but they’ll get there. We also had to place the containers a little higher than we’d like (we want to spread them out a bit, eventually) because we have a chocolate lab who isn’t quite a year old and who sometimes thinks planties are tasty treats when he’s left alone. (more…)
DIY: Lightweight Railroad Tie Mantel
One of the DIY projects we tackled much earlier than expected was our fireplace mantel. After we gray-washed the walls we knew we wouldn’t be able to live with waiting on lime-washing the bricks, but we thought we could handle the dated mantel for a while. Well, that didn’t happen.
DIY: How to Whitewash a Brick Fireplace
Our living room needed the most work out of any of our rooms, mostly because it was dark when it should have been bright with its floor to ceiling wall-size window. It didn’t make sense to waste such potential in a room that by most people’s definitions (ours included) was outdated and, for lack of a better word, ugly.
The first thing we did was gray-wash the walls, which was both tedious and an easy task (as in anyone can do it). We had planned to live with that for a while since the room was twice as bright and we had other projects tackle. However, after griping about our dark and now out-of-place fireplace for three days, we decided to whitewash it sooner rather than later.
Of course, that’s not what happened. It sat like that, all sad and friendless like a mismatched island, for months. We had decided to limewash the brick instead of using paint and water because of its durability (it will last decades without needing touched up while white paint needs touched up every few years) and because I simply don’t like the thick, gooey paint-look on brick. Our brick was in good shape and there was no reason to hide that texture and character. I love brick, especially cottage-style brick, which brought me to the idea of using a limewash (or limewash paint as it is sometimes called). (more…)