Where in the world are the Parsleys this week? Well, we have found a sweet house to rent while we are awaiting our new home. We are under contract on a new place and I’ll keep you posted as everything moves forward!
We loved the open floor plan of Parsley Farms. The flow from the kitchen into the family room made it a great place for cooking, eating, family time and entertaining.
As with all the other rooms, we replaced all the electrical outlets, repaired the ceilings and painted and repaired the baseboards, crown molding and walls.
We removed this desk.
The fireplace was unfinished when we moved in.
My mom and I tackled this project and finished phase 1 in about a week.
When we opened the wall, we found stacks of tile inside!
Even though they weren’t my favorite style choice, they were my favorite price–free!
We removed the painted mantle and board framing and cleaned everything out.
This was my first time tiling. It was actually much easier than I thought it would be.
We measured and planned and (MOM) cut, then used these spacers to hold everything in place.
The grout was premixed and we simply smeared it into all the seams, smoothed it and used a sponge to clean off any extra.
We used lots of molding and caulk to smooth out all of the crazy, peeling drywall.
We also used some trim to finish off the tiling.
For the mantle, I really wanted to use an old railroad tie but found that those aren’t the safest materials for inside. After a few days of looking, I came up with the idea to build one ourselves. With mom’s help (OF COURSE!), we built one. I stained and distressed pine boards and mom built a box with them.
I love how it turned out!
I used some old closet door shutters to hide the hole that was still there. This was how it looked for about a year.
At the final stage, we chose some wood-looking linoleum to make a faux-fire box. It was purely decorative, but looked exactly how we wanted.
We added a light fixture, some comfy furniture and the room was finished!