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Painted Brick Houses: Our inspiration ideas

Warning: if you are a “painted brick hater” you may want to carry on…and read another post ;) This post is all about painted brick houses. We have lived in our house for about 8 years now….and every since we have lived here we have wanted painted brick. We didn’t do it when we built…because we also loved the look of natural brick…and the budget wasn’t allowing it;) After doing a bit of research…and clipping pictures for the past 8 years…we have narrowed it down to a few choices. The style we are most excited about could be called “old Charleston” …used painted brick in a white wash…colonial colors to compliment…wood porch floors….stained wood double doors….Here are some fun inspiration pictures that have the look we are going for…. (Dad…stop crying…it’s ok to paint brick….the world will continue to go round…xoxo;) …
We love the look of the white washed brick. You can still appreciate the texture of the brick….love it…
 
Another change we will be making to the front is a large porch….we will be replacing the single door with a wood/window double door. The stain of the door in the above picture is what we are drawn to….
 
The front porch will have a brick fireplace on the side….and possibly wood floors…columns in a stacked stone and paneled ceiling….
 
 
The shutters will be cedar painted or stained….we love the idea of a slate blue shutter….
I had some fun over the weekend playing with this app on Sherwin Williams website called Color Visualizer. I didn’t take too much time with my shapes…so it is a bit sloppy…but it does give a nice visual for what the paint may look like. Fun to play with….
Here is our house…
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White with brown stained shutters…..
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White with slate gray….

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White with dark blue…..

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We are in the beginning planning stages….so don’t expect this to happen quick;) But we can’t wait to have another outdoor space….plus make our house a bit more unique…:)

Are you a painted brick lover?? Or hater??

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

How to paint cultured marble tub surround

I kind of left you hangin….in my master bath. Sorry about that….I replaced the countertops with some cool vintage old shutters. We are still diggin those (although we may upgrade those soon too…) The paint has held up fabulously…really really nice. But I have been wanting to do something about the cultured marble that surrounds the tub.

My dilemma was this….I don’t like the color of it at all. It looks so dated to me and the beige “marble” effect was really bringing the whole space down. So….I painted it. Yes….you heard me right…I painted the cultured marble surrounding the tub. I am crazy like that.

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I researched it a bunch. Here are the facts..about my bathroom. I have used the tub about 12 times in the past 8 years (so getting wet constantly isn’t a big issue). The bathroom is large ( 11 X 11)….so steam and moisture are not a huge issue…we have 2 fans. I was only covering the spaces that do not get much water. It is not to say that this surface can never get wet….cause it will and this paint will hold up perfectly fine. I would not advise to paint inside the shower stall…but that’s your call. My thoughts were this….I would rather not completely rip out something when it really isn’t broken. I would rather try and make it work…and my solution is with paint.

First thing to do was to clean it really good. I cleaned all the cultured marble with Krud Kutter…and I filled the tub with super hot water and 3 cups of vinegar and let the jets run. I wasn’t painting the tub…but I thought I should clean all surfaces while I there.

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Tape off everything that will not be painted with painters tape. Don’t skimp…use a good one like FrogTape. (try to ignore the shower that needs to be cleaned as well ;)

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I used my go to primer…Zinsser oil based. One coat and I let it cure over night….even though it dries quick and says you can re coat in an hour…I wanted it to dry super hard. Cultured marble is slick and I needed good adhesion…a water based primer isn’t going to fly here. A small roller and brush did great.

The other key is to use a really good enamel topcoat. I had most of a quart of the Behr Semi gloss…a great one to use is Ben Moore Waterborne…great paint for this project. I did 2 coats of paint…letting it dry overnight before recoating.

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When the paint was good and dry I took the tape off. You will not have a perfect seam no matter how fabulously you taped off the tub. You can use a razor to guide the painters tape off….but you will still need to caulk around the perimeter to have a nice clean finish. Place a bead of caulk and wipe excess with index finger.

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We couldn’t believe how instant the update was! Love it! More updates to come….

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In other news….I was super excited to see my photo on Pioneer Woman’s site this weekend……so honored that she thought my picture was worthy of a comment! :)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Sofa shopping…..

We are in the middle of switching out and buying new family room furniture. I’ve had my eye on several brands and stores and have landed on a few pieces at Macy’s. I had fallen in love with this a sofa in the Martha Stewart collection called Saybridge. The tufted sofa is classic…elegant and always in style. We ended up going with a different sofa..but non the less…the piece was completely lovely. And apparently all the rage since I opened my latest pottery barn catalog and saw almost replica of the Macy’s piece…but yet almost $1600 more.
Thanks Macy’s for offering furniture that are stylish, well built and affordable !

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$2500

Can’t wait to share some updates on the family room…..hint….it involves grays and camel colors ;) yay!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Do you need a kitchen table? Coffeebar in kitchen (kitchen design)

Do you remember last year…..and I told you about my crazy idea to NOT have a kitchen table in my kitchen? (Here is that post)

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Well, I just wanted to give you an update on this space….we have come to cherish. It is the favorite spot in our house.

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At the end of the day….(when it becomes a wine bar;) we sit and catch up…during the school year the kids sit and read here….in the morning….they check in on the internet before they hop on the bus….I sit here and sip coffee while I plan out my day. It is cozy and comfort…and welcoming…and I love it all.

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It is hands-down…the best decision we have every made….to remove the table from the kitchen. The dining room serves a perfect purpose now….for dining. It has really made all the difference. I would encourage you….if you are feeling low on “chill” space…consider this….it will become a favorite space for you too.

 

Some other post related to the kitchen:

$18 chandelier

Framed Mirror backsplash

Installing a base cabinet

Kitchen update REVEAL

$10 wood countertop

Take out a small pantry to put in open shelves 

 

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Have you “rethought” any rooms lately?

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Bedroom turned into an Office: Reveal

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This project started out as just a “space for Bill to do a little work from home”…turned into meaning a whole lot more. When the peanut moved from her old room (which is now the office) into the guest room….it made for a few changes. We moved her into the guest space and decorated it to suit her. (here is that post) and within about a week…Bill had staked claims on her old room. “I need a place to do some work from home…” and I agreed. He is one of the hardest working hubby’s I know…he is up at 5:30am…every day. He works 6 days a week. This space has turned into so much more than an office. It is truly a retreat for him. I am thrilled with how it came out. His personality is throughout…full of character and genuine finds…just like him ;)office reveal post

Above you can recall what we started with….a bunch of pink and green…and a huge mess! I walked you through how I repaired the walls . That was super fun…or not….Then we had some gorgeous new maple wood floors laid. Yum! This floor makes such a statement here….we love them!

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The desk we created out of an old barn door and railing parts is really the focal point of this space. The thrift store chair makes it complete. When you to walk into this space….you have a real clear sense of who Bill is…loves peanuts, and long boat rides, Chicago, baseball (Reds and Cub’s..)…a hearty drink after a long day, sunset cruises and beach vacations…and his love for family. He is so deserving of this little retreat and I am so happy that is came together like it did.

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Many items in this space came from antique malls…including the wing chair. A steal at $70 (the upholstery is brand new) The ottoman was $10 at a peddlers mall.

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An old rusty tool box is a nod to his work in road construction (his family business is road paving…) Along with a vessel filled with rope (here is that post)…the table is from a local peddlers mall. It was already refinished this blue color…love it!

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A collection of sea glass vases (Home goods) along with some drift wood and old books create an interesting corner. The large piece of rock coral was something we brought home from our honeymoon in Mexico. I think it is important to use items in a space that have real meaning–even it if is just a rock…it reminds both of us of our wedding ;)DSC_0078

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A vintage peanut container makes a great place to hold paper clips. An old desk tray, glass milk jar and wooden box were all found at antique malls and they all serve a purpose to keep organized.

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The gallery wall was really fun to put together. I will be doing a post soon on some tips and tricks for you to create your own. The photographs on the adjoining wall are pictures that I have taken…one is the lake…and the other is a picture of Wrigley. (PS….I have since turned the horseshoes the other direction….apparently they should be hung in the “u” shape…to “catch good luck…instead of pour it out”….now I know. I love it when my readers teach me something…I am a Yankee ya know ;)

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I find myself using this room too! It is so peaceful and it gets the best light! I have office envy!!

The paint on the wall is Ben Moore Decorator White

The ceiling is Breathe of Blue by Valspar

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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