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New Home Makeover Step 1: White Wash Fireplace

So when we were talking about moving in, my husband made me list what I absolutely NEEDED to have done in order to live there. I said hard wood floors installed…he didn’t think it was funny ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of my main *wishes* was to paint. We were lucky to have been able to fix up the place before we moved, so I wanted the majority of the interior painted while it was empty. Our old living room had an awesome navy wall that I loved, but I didn’t want to stick with the same exact colors so I searched for a dark teal.

Here was my Pinterest inspiration…




Grey, Dark Teal and Pops of Chartreuse โค

One problem to my vision…


This fireplace was really pissing me off. Frst of all, the stone is awesome, but the yellow and orange tones were throwing me for a loop. I talked about completely redoing the fireplace with my father in law and husband, but it just wasn’t an option at this point. I didn’t want to paint it because that always looks weird to me. I stumbled across a technique called whitewashing that tickled my fancy. You take white paint, water it down and it tones down the color. This is used a lot with brick walls and fireplaces, but I could not find a stone tutorial for the life of me! So…I decided to go for it anyways.



I had already stained the mantle, which was not the best timing. I definitely would have waiting until after the mess of whitewashing to do so, but whatever.

ImageLook how much better it is! This was the half way point. You can see the stark contrast now, but I think the stone keeps it’s natural integrity. It’s definitely not screaming PISS YELLOW at me any more!

ImageHere was the fireplace after I finished. For those wondering, I picked a flat interior off white color, it was Behr. I threw it in a bucket, dumped water into it (think 1 part paint, 3 parts water), no I did not measure, that’s not my style. I used a rough bristle exterior brush and tested one stone. I played with the water amount until I liked the tone I was getting. The water will drip and you will worry if you’re doing it right, but after a few minutes of freaking out it will work.

Let’s just take a break and look at that table. SICK. This is what moving looks like people. This is real like I’m showing you! Haha!

Without further ado…FINAL REVEAL


I could not be happier with the results. Honestly, I was planning on tearing up that black slate at the bottom, but the whitewashing makes it not so offensive to my eye any more.

Yay for step 1!

This same stone work is on our exterior. I’ve already began playing around with the idea of using the technique out there, but haven’t committed. Only time will tell!

– xoxo, Jess


Deck the Halls

I’ve been decking the halls!

Here’s our teeny tiny tree!

This pathetic tree is on it’s last leg ๐Ÿ˜ฆ my husband bought it in Virginia when he was away at school for a year. He drove it down to Florida and almost left it in a parking lot, until I made him drag it to my house since I had no tree and no money to buy one. It’s been our tree for 3 years and its finally breaking down (it was only $10) It’s been a bit of a joke, but now that it’s falling apart I’m definitely going to miss it!

My little niece beast got her Christmas pictures taken! How cute is she?? The bow tie kills me! She’s almost five ๐Ÿ™‚
Here’s her newest creation…


I’ve also been working on things for the blogger swap I’m doing! Posts will be happening soon!

– Jessica

Let me, let me upgrade you


This was our old bed. It was rickety. One wheel was missing on the bed frame which caused the entire bed leaned to one side. The head board is sized for a queen, our mattress was a full. This means that is could only attach to one side of the bed. This also means that every time we would *ahem* the headboard would bang against the wall. Although, this was tolerable and even a bit funny the first time it happened, after a year it became an annoyance. One night, our mattress literally slid off of the box spring. We fell head first into the floor. Probably one of my favorite memories in our first year of marriage, but definitely one I don’t want to re-live.

This is our new bed. It’s HUGE.


Notice the change in height? (use the lower picture vs mattress as a guide)

It sits at the height of my belly button which brings new meaning to the phrase “climb into bed”. We are considering buying the 1/2 sized box springs to bring the height down, but I kind of love how ridiculously, comically, laugh-so-hard-you-cry-because-of-the bigness of it.
Here are some images that celebrate our new bed! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚


This is my 5’10” friend who is still not tall enough to casually sit on this behemoth.


This is my dog Kaine who is frightened of the new bed. He did NOT want to sit next to it.


This is me hanging out under my new bed. After this picture I rolled around under the bed like a child and had a mild giggle fit thinking of all the stuff I could now fit under the bed.

That is all the nonsense I will post concerning my new bed…today.

I will now be painting that awful spot on our bedroom ceiling that I never noticed until today because I sleep much closer to the ceiling at night because of how big our new bed is ๐Ÿ™‚

– xoxo, Jessica

A hint of Halloween

Aaron told me I wasn’t allowed to decorate for Halloween yet. We compromised and decided that on the 15th I could “start” to put things out lol.

So, to prove I could be subtle, I decided on a two part Halloween decor plan. Sept 15 – Oct 1 would be subtle fall/Halloween. Oct 1 – 21 complete Halloween overload!

I found amazing black and white striped bows and ribbon at Michael’s and brought out my orange and twig pumpkins and printed some subway art that combined the color scheme. I quite like subtle…for now.

Edit (9/18): just found these at Target! LOVE when things just come together! See the little bit of orange stitching? So, so, so cute!


Speaking if black and white stripes, Oscar De La Renta created this…

If anyone would like to purchase this for me so I can wear it for the next two weeks straight plus any special occasion for the rest of my life, I’d REALLY appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜‰

– xoxo, Jessica

p.s. If you like Subway art, I found it at Eighteen25 blog! Thanks ladies! Love your printables ๐Ÿ™‚

Thrift baby, thrift

Just in case anyone didn’t read the title right, it’s meant to be sung like the Tootsie Roll song ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had a GREAT thrift day today! I’ve been following a few new bloggers that have insanely good thrift skills so I’ve been really inspired lately.

First up…new Christmas ornament. My Christmas decor is very “woodsy” and warm, lots of forrest greens, deep reds, holly berries and golds.

Also, a little light up tree wrapped in burlap (also a staple in my Christmas decor)

Cute, right?
Next up, a new (to me) board game! We try to keep a well stocked game closet, however we didn’t have Clue! I love buying board games at thrift stores because you can find the versions you grew up on. Don’t get me started on how bad they effed up the characters on the new Candy Land box. It’s just, not right! I know this isn’t technically the original Clue box, BUT it’s the one I remember. So, therefore right in my world ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for the fun stuff! Jessica Simpson coat for Fall/Winter. Yay!

And….*drum roll* barely worn Sam Edelman sandals! $2.50! WOOT!


Grand total: $15 ๐Ÿ™‚

Thrift baby, thrift!!! Haha

Anyone else have any incredible finds lately?

– xoxo, Jessica

Trash to Treasure

My chair is done! Stain is still drying so it will be a little more cherry BUT you get the idea ๐Ÿ™‚


Gotta love finding treasures in your neighbors trash ๐Ÿ˜‰ Woot!

– Jessica

Chair Cushion Conspiracy


Why are chair cushions so fucking expensive?

Honestly, SO expensive. It’s a conspiracy!!! $25-30 for 1 cushion?!?!?!

I look on Etsy, a set of 4 for $130!

Unless it’s made of solid gold, there is no way in HELL I’m paying over $10 for a freaking cushion for asses to rest on and eventually SWEAT on as the cushions are for OUTDOOR USE.

Damn it.

– Jessica