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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 😉

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 ❤

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


Um hi, remember me?

So…I don’t know where I’ve been, but hello WordPress! SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED.

I lost like, a lot of weight.

We bought a house.

My adventure with Origami Owl is better than ever.

Where to begin??

Duh, house!

*drum roll*






Oh yeahhhh


CHECK OUT THAT VANITY! One of my besties walked in and goes, “oh, sweet camo sink”



Pros: Generally clean, brand new carpet in bedrooms/hallway, 3 bed – 2 bath (what we wanted), 2 car garage, decent backyard and patio space, freshly painted walls – ready for color, AWESOME neighborhood. I know, because I grew up down the street. If you’re good at math and assumptions, YES, we just moved a street away from my mother 🙂

Cons: We moved a street away from my mother (lol – kidding), carpet (*gag* I’m a hard wood type of gal…yes I read that and am still going to post it), disgusting appliances, needs exterior paint BADLY, no closet space anywhere.

I’m looking forward to posting updates of what we do with this house. Despite my sarcasm, I do love it. We wanted a fixer upper so we bought a fixer upper. I PROMISE, I will be posting before and afters soon, but for now I’m dealing with this…


Hi there leak! Right into our master closet! YAY FOR HOME OWNERSHIP!!!

-xoxo, Jess

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 🙂


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 🙂

– xoxo, Jessica