With Spring quickly approaching and new trends popping up left and right, it's only natural to want to redecorate your entire house, right?! While your'e not wrong, you're also not alone, we too feel the need to buy all the new, pretty things for Spring. Instead of feeding our inner impulse buyer and breaking the bank, we have searched high and low for timeless but relevant pieces to give your space a little refresh. Enjoy our favorites of the season by supporting our blog and shopping directly through our linked photos! Happy Shopping! xx
S T O R A G E
We are the crazy people who you open up their linen closets and its organized perfectly with cute, matching baskets and boxes. Hey, who wants to see a stack of cleaning rags and extra toilet paper?! Below are a few of our favorite decorative baskets to help de-clutter your space and make your inner neat freak happy.
V A S E S
One of our favorite ways to accessorize year round is with a variety of vases. They are seriously our go-to and we may have a bit of an addiction. Bookcases, trays, bathrooms, shelves, kitchen nooks, you name it and we have found a way to incorporate a vase in our design! Pairing these versatile accessories with florals and greenery is a great and inexpensive way to brighten up your space.
F A U X F L O R A L S & G R E E N E R Y
One of the best things about Spring is that the plants and flowers around town are blooming like crazy! What better way to welcome a fresh, new season than by bringing the outdoors in. Check out these inexpensive options to easily brighten up your space, the more the merrier!
T R A Y S
One thing we never leave out is a good tray. This go-to piece can make so many things possible. We love adding a coffee table book (or two), a candle, and some greenery to complete the look.
W A L L D E C O R
Floral prints and wood elements are one thing we cannot live without this Spring. Light, airy pieces that make your home feel bright and welcoming are a necessity this season! We are sure that any of these pieces will quickly become your new favorite decoration check them out for yourself!
P I L L O W S
Every woman's weakness, PILLOWS! We can never get enough of thems! And yes, you absolutely DO need separate pillows for each seasons, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise! These beautiful neutrals are an absolute need and will make your couch, bed, and you very, very happy.
B L A N K E T S
Some people only break out the blankets during the colder months, but not us! A muted, light weight blanket should be a staple in your living area. Try draping it over your couch, blanket ladder, or stack them in a big basket. Try it, we guarantee you snuggle up with it more than you'd think!
R U G S & M A T S
Let's face it, rugs get overlooked more than any other decor item, I mean they are on the floor! But a rug, runner, or doormat can transform a space and give it new life without purchasing or replacing a lot of more obvious items. Now that the weather is warming up, try a natural jute rug for a fresh feel that won't break the bank. Major bonus points, they're easy to clean and do a great job of hiding dog hair!
F U R N I T U R E
Last but certainly not least, furniture! Naturally, our first thought every Spring is "ugh, let's just refurnish the entire room, I am so ready for something new" are we right?! As much as we all feel like we want to do this each season, there are small tweaks we can implement to make that pesky (and expensive) thought disappear. With less pricey items like coffee tables, statement chairs, and consul tables, you can keep your trendy self and your wallet happy by choosing to refresh with a smaller piece that makes a big statement.
One of the easiest ways to update your brick fireplace is to fully paint or white wash the bricks, depending on the look you are going for. Adding a new mantel and some new decor gives you an entirely new look that you can achieve in just one day!
Step 1: Wipe Down & Clean
With a bucket of water and thick multi purpose sponge, clean off all dirt and dust from the bricks and hearth. You will also want to remove any fireplace screens and clean out the firebox.
Step 2: Tape Off
You will then want to tape off any areas that you do not want to paint ~ floors, walls, ceiling, mantel (if you are planning on keeping it). You can also use a drop cloth on the floor to prevent any paint dripping or spilling onto your floor.
Step 3: Paint Trim
Once the fireplace is completely taped off, you will want to pour a small amount of paint into a paint tray. Using your paint brush, you will start painting along the tape lines to prevent your roller getting too close to the tape and accidentally touching the wall.
Tip: You can also start by painting all of the grout lines and then move to your roller for the full face of the bricks.
My favorite paint kit comes with a paint tray, paint brush, large and small rollers, and covers. You may also want to consider picking up additional roller covers with a thicker "nap" to hold more paint, it makes a big difference! If you have a tall fireplace, I would also suggest picking up a paint roller extender, this will allow you to cover more surface area at a time.
Step 4: Let's Roll
Generously roll your paint roller in the paint that is in the paint tray and start painting the bricks. If you want full coverage, you will use more paint, for less coverage, you will use less paint during the step above. You can start from the bottom and work your way up or the other way around, your choice, there is no right or wrong way! For hard to reach places, I recommend a sturdy ladder that is easy to move around but still dependable.
Once the bricks are painted to your desired coverage, you will want to remove the tape.
Make sure you don't wait until the paint dries to do this step!
W H I T E W A S H O P T I O N
If you are going for a lighter white wash, you can thin out your paint with water (2 parts white latex paint to 1 part water) and follow the same steps as above.
Step 5: Spray Firebox
Wait approximately three hours for the paint to fully dry, then tape off all of the bricks surrounding the firebox. You will want to cover the hearth and floors as well to prevent any over spray! Wearing latex gloves, spray the inside of the firebox using a high heat resistant black spray paint.
Add new firewood for an extra clean look!
Tip: You can also do this step before you start painting the bricks white to further prevent overspray.
Final Step: Add Decor
Whether you are keeping your mantle or replacing it, you will want to add decor to complete your fireplace makeover! Keep your mantel balanced with taller pieces of decor on each side and a larger piece of art or a mirror in the middle.
If you do not have a large hearth to add decor, a basket to hold wood, pillows, or blankets is always nice to have next to the fireplace instead!
Have fun with your DIY Fireplace Makeover!