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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Quick Fix?

I never thought I'd tire of the mustard yellow and white ceramic tiles above our fireplace. I was wrong. The pink corner cabinet was the catalyst. The tiles have been "bugging" me for awhile, but I didn't give much thought to changing them. It seemed like a big project and my husband would sure to be against it. I was wrong, again! Well, I came up with a quick fix using an old piece of ceiling tin that was inches from being a perfect fit. My husband and I did this quick fix in less that an hour! The next morning, I painted the side of our mantel where paint had scraped off during the fitting process. That led to painting the entire hearth and the gold trim on the glass doors, which led to changing out the wood knobs with glass knobs, which led to cleaning out the fireplace, which led to buying candles, which led to decorating the mantel with a few Halloween decorations, which led to buying a new love seat, which led to rearranging furniture, which led to accessorizing with crown accent pillows. Yes, another "quick fix" project that turned into a time-consuming expensive redo!

29 comments:

stefanie said...

that is so funny, that is what happens to me all the time, one little thing turns into alot,but your fireplace looks soooooo beautiful!

Sares said...

You are too funny! you gotta do what you gotta do! The fireplace looks beautiful. How clever of you to think of the tin. Love the new love seat and pillows too!

Lisa @ On Cloud Pink said...

Well, your quick fix looks absolutely beautiful! I love it. The tin tile is ingenious! Thanks for the inspiration!

Toodles.

Elyse said...

loooove it!!! genius! and i have a hunch that the loveseat and pillows were just the change you were looking for. awesome.

have a safe and happy labor day weekend!

xo
elyse

Bumpkin Bears said...

love what you did with the fireplace and all your makeovers, it was lovely to visit your home :) I LOVE pink too. Catherine x

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Hi Cindy,
I know excatly how that goes! LOL But it turned out gorgeous. It looks amazing. You guys did a great job on the fireplace. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Blessings,
♥Ana

koralee said...

Ha ha...I can so relate...it goes on and on! But how lovely it all turned out...great great idea for your fireplace...I love the results!

Beach Vintage said...

You should have known that one thing will lead to another. This is an amazing transformation. The fireplace just looks amazing.

Mermaid Queen said...

Loving the change in your fireplace Cindy! ~Martha

Ella D said...

I love your look! Very cute! Doesn't it always happen that way, you start a quick easy project and it ends up taken a whole lot more time and money. Glad ya did though.

Lululiz said...

This post did make me smile and chuckle, isn't it so often the case that a quick something turns into so much more? Well, at least thats how my DH sees it, when I ask him to do something which "will only take a few mins", and he insists that in order to do it he will "have to do at least a dozen other things before and after", which will of course take ages. Sigh.
I do love what you have done with the fireplace, and all the lovely things which followed on from there. Great look.

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

yes your quick fix was time consuming...but well worth it. That fireplace is so so pretty. I love the candles in it. What a nice idea! I like those pillows also.
♥ Rebecca

Fifi Flowers said...

Redo looks FAB... very shabby chic and cozy charming!!! LOVE it!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Cindi, Don't you love how one thing leads to another? LOL Your makeover is wonderful. I just love it all and what a great transformation over the tiles. Pefect with the pink cabinet I see off to the side. Love the loveseat and crown pillows too.
Your home is amazing.
Thank you for inspiring me once again.
Blessings,
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

You are so funny Cindy! You sound like me. I tend to work it out in my head and then nothing gets done...oh well!

I'm thinking about going to the Rose Bowl on Oct 11. Wanna come? I think it's been a year since we last went!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Fabulous make over. I love it, love it. The Halloween characters are adorable too. Good job.

ASHLEY said...

WELL! that is just beautiful...it's like the children's story, "if you give a mouse a cookie"...many blessings!

Rosemary said...

thats funny, but so pretty

Shabbee Chick said...

That is how it always works at our house too! One thing leads to another! It is simply BEATUIFUL!

Miss Gracie's House said...

Isn't that just the way it is?! But isn't it oh, so fun?! I love it-that ceiling tile is just the *perfect* fix!
Rene'

Elise said...

Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeous site here. It's all perfect !

Thank you and best wishes....

Elise said...

You've given me some inspiration here, so thank you !

Colleen said...

...Thank You thank you thank you !...you have enpired me !..we have to do un update on our fireplace and this is such a great idea!...Thanks for sharing!

Nicolette said...

The rustic look is really a nice touch, and the crown accent pillows are just adorable. You'll have to drop me at Furniture and Design Ideas next time you made an amazing find like this one!

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Hi Cindy, just dropped in to see what you've been up to, and I can see you've been up to a lot! I can't get over this mantle makeover - that tin is absolutely amazing, and I love how pretty the candles look inside. By the way, your space at Agoura looks awesome. I do believe I drooled a little when I was in there.

oxox
Jennifer

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Cindy,
Yep, that sound familiar to many times to say the least. I like this look so much more, what a difference a little bit can do. I just recently got a corner cabinet for my dining area, and it turn out to be more work than what I wanted it to be. I had to rearrange everything in two rooms because of it.

Enjoy your evening-

Mary Young said...

What an awesome transformation! I'm so inspired but I have to wait until I can get a place of my own where I don't have roommates who despise vintage :(

http://marysmusicology.blogspot.com/

sissie said...

I love what you did with your mantel! You are so very creative and I love your blog. I'll be back often and I'll follow you.
Come visit me at Sissieshabbycottage.blogspot.com

Eileen @ Star's Fault said...

Ack! This is gorgeous too! What a great idea. You did a great job fitting the ceiling tile and painting the harsh brass piece was definately needed.

Thanks for sharing! Blesisngs ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault