Start Your Engines….

Well….here’s a peak at the beginning of the living room re-do!  Here’s what you have to do:

1.  Ignore the whimsical painted furniture on the right–Handsome is making a bookshelf to match the one on the left and we are painting it with chalk paint. {Hopefully this summer.  <Handsome, are you reading this?:)>}

2.  Don’t notice that we haven’t yet cleaned out the fireplace—we use it A LOT!

3.  “Pay no attention to the man behind the green curtain…….”  You know, just focus on the fireplace area right now—it’s the start of great things to come!

It’s very hard to take pics in this room—we have huge windows on one wall, which cast all kinds of crazy shadows when I try to take pics.

Here’s the fireplace BEFORE looking dark and dreary:

And here totally naked….feeling very self-conscious!

Putting the new mantel in place!  This mantel is over 100 years old—late 1800’s.  L.O.V.E. it!  And, can you believe it was a wonderful GIFT from a church here in town that used it in their coffee shop–and now they do not need it!  WOW!  This gift was a Godwink.  I will not even begin to tell you the value of it.  I’m blessed. humbled. excited.  And the clock?  I found it a couple of weeks ago.  My fabulous kids bought it for me as a gift of thanks for being a great homeschool teacher!  WOW!  I’m blessed. humbled. excited. undeserving, but accepting.

And here is the all-put-together new fireplace area of the living room.  Can you see it?  Can you get the picture?  Can you see where we are headed?


Hope your Monday is off to a great start!

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50 thoughts on “Start Your Engines….

  1. Wow is right… You must have been extra good lately!
    The clock above the beautiful old mantle is perfect!

  2. oh wow I love this! and i love big clocks, i think i have a clock fetish actually lol. i used to work in a clock shop for about a year.

    but seriously- this looks awesome! very impressed

    hopped over from sumos!

  3. I LOVE your new mantle piece. Love that it is not painted, and left to look old. The clock is beautiful also, but that mantle is just awesome!

  4. Absolutely loving it!! The clock is perfect and the mantel oh my goodness- what a beautiful piece!! Sharing this on FB~thanks for sharing at FNF 🙂

  5. Wow – your fireplace wall looks FABULOUS! I seriously thought this was a picture from a magazine when I clicked over from My Uncommon Slice…
    What a beautiful mantle – how lucky are you?! Enjoy!

  6. It’s just fabulous! That mantel…oh my…I’m swooning. 😉 And I love your clock. As another homeschool mom I can so appreciate this gift…I am sure you were more than deserving of it! Thank you for sharing the first phase of your living room transformation with us at Inspiration Friday!


  7. The fireplace looks great, the old mantle really transforms the space! I would love for you to share this on my website! Just click on “your ideas” and upload your photos and tell about your project. Once completed I will send you an “I’ve Been Featured” button!

    My visitors would love to see this!!

  8. I said it already, but I will say it again… I love this! Your fireplace turned out gorgeous! I would love for you to link it up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at on Monday! I am a new follower!

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