Bedroom Doors & Whitewashed Brick

July 2nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Long ago this was a living room, then we shifted everything around – again and again. The children took over the main bedroom in our house and

what once a living room became our bedroom. The room was very long and had no door. For years we lived with no door. We also lived with no window trim, siding, and many other things but that is a story for another day!  With no bedroom door there was no such thing as “sleeping in”. Not that parents of young children ever really get to “sleep in”, but, there are those special holidays like your birthday when you might get to sleep until 8! Without a door the squawking from children could be heard from every corner of the house. I  thought I might come unraveled, sometimes I need a bit of calm.  A bit of space helps me to put on my Mom face and begin each day anew.

Space to be alone and be mellow =  a happy mother.

It’s no secret formula, just a known fact!

So, we once again shifted and lived in construction, and spent long hours painting while the little ones slept.  And wrangled ourselves a sliding pocket door, even managing to partition off part of that long room for a study. The bedroom got brighter colors but the brick fireplace felt too dominating and dark.  After reading up on painting brick, I got a little nervous, the experts say – DONT DO IT. I learned brick needs to BREATH (of course!).  So, I was determined to use a traditional lime paint and began reading up on make my own lime paint.  Then it dawned on me, traditional lime paint has the same ingredients of my favorite Old Fashioned Milk Paint.

Enough said, here is my milk paint whitewashed brick fireplace!  The color I used was Light Cream. It was messy to get in all the nooks and crannies of the brick mortar but the paint is so easy to use and has no toxins making the project really quite painless.

I made the framed chalkboard some years back by painting a piece of thin plywood with chalkboard paint and slipping it into an old gold frame. I am hunting for a vintage fancy mirror for the mantle but in the meantime I think I will just broadcast some ever-changing inspirational words. I seem to need those, these days!

And there, in the hall, my lovely (in reality hardly ever closed) sliding bedroom door!

So in the spirit of my words of the week – time to roll up my sleeves and get to the project of today!





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