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We had another busy weekend! Two birthday parties and an ultimate frisbee party. And shame on me, I was really hoping for rain on Sunday, and yahoo! It rained all day. This led to some progress on our long list. I am certain that our list will be never ending, but at least a few things got checked off. Here is the original list.

So the fireplaces are done! Ya!! This one needed stain on the mantel and paint on the black metal. Here is the before:

And the after:

A closeup of color:

We are pretty proud of this fireplace. We did it all, the demo, the rock, and hubby built the mantle.

Ok now this next project was on the list as ‘paint behind desk in lower living room.’ I was not 100% sure about what I was going to do. I thought about just painting an accent color. But, what I really wanted to do was stencil, but that was going to cost upwards of $100 for just the stencil. And afterall I did tell you I was doing this on a budget, and if I can save I will.

I do like being original and stenciling has recently become quite popular so I had my reservations about doing it. But, I have loved this shape for a long time, maybe it reminds me of our time traveling in Morocco and India. Either way this project cost me $0! Talk about that being budget friendly. It took a lot of patience, a steady hand and about ten hours of work. I got the idea and stencil shape from this beautiful lady. She did an entire room using this method! I gotta say if my space was much bigger I would spring for the stencil. Bless her heart, she is a lot more patient then I am.

Again here is the before:

And the after:

Now we can install the countertop and start emptying our basement into this desk. It is going to be really handy!

This next project was not on the list, and to be honest I did not think it would turn into a project. I was just going to hang them and be done. I got these wonderful pieces from my friend E.

Cute right? I wanted to put them on this wall.

But the issue was that they didn’t really stand out because the cutouts were kind of lost in the business of the wall boards. So, I added black paper behind the cutouts.

The black paper helped but I felt like the piece was still too dark. I had vowed not to get out my white paint (in case you did not know I have a bit of an obsession with white paint)! Well I broke my promise to myself quite quickly. I slathered on a coat of the good old white, took a piece of sandpaper and rough it up. This is what I got:

I love them! Distressed, white, pretty! And budget friendly. Another project that cost me $0. You can’t beat that! Thanks again E 🙂