Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Signs of Autumn - Bittersweet

The summer flew by and now we are enjoying autumn. My brother brought an armful of lovely bittersweet branches, so appropriate for the season. I wasted no time in decorating the mantel!

Speaking of the  fireplace, we have made some changes during the summer. This is what it looked like last year...
and earlier this summer... BEFORE..
and AFTER...

We had the dark brick for 30 years...yes, 30! ...so it was time for a change. The room is considerably brighter. We had the walls painted in a blue-grey color and I am still looking for suitable art for the walls, and new window valances are in the works.
We wanted a whitewash appearance to the brick so we used chalk paint diluted, and a small roller to skim the surface, leaving the indentations more exposed. The most difficult part was painting the grout lines.
Just one more picture...our 4 foot tall vase with summer flowers... I miss them already!