Progress Report – Week 6

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Progress galore! The fireplace is done folks! We decided to white wash the old Chicago brick by putting white mortar over the entire face of the fireplace and wiping it away leaving it looking absolutely beautiful. Then we stained an old bean from a barn and hung it as a mantle. Really sealed the deal. The colors in the brick tie in beautifully with the rest of the house. I really wanted to decorate in a way that didn’t limit us to one color palette. The home has shades of white, gray, black, brown, tan, and cream – Leaving the possibility endless. We are able to pull from any color when it comes to selecting decor. In the living room and dining room, we painted the walls Shermin Williams, “Mindful Gray” (hence the name of my blog). This color is so warm and inviting and works perfectly with the dark walnut floors and crisp “Alabaster White” trim.

We love the way the house is turning out and we have finally moved in! We will continue to transform the home as we live in it, and enjoy it. It looks completely different than when we bought it (see previous post for before pics). I love that together, my husband and I are achieving this vision we had for the home. This is all a dream come true. My husband loves the Kansas City Royals baseball team, and throughout the renovation process we jokingly call this all my “World Series”. Truth be told, it is! Starting a blog, renovating a home, sharing it all on Instagram and watching as people follow and share positive feedback is a dream. I’m so thankful. Just when I question or doubt if this is something worth pursuing, the Lord continues to reveal himself and encourage me to press on and continue pursuing the dream. Who am I to put God in a box? He is in control and I will continue to press into Him and listen as he reveals His will for my life. Who knows where this will take me (if anywhere) – All I know, I was created to create. πŸ™‚

Here’s the latest pics! Enjoy!

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    Kari Logsdon
    November 29, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Jamie! It looks beautiful!!!! You and Brett did an amazing job picking out the colors, fixtures, and reclaimed stuff, such a beautiful design! I think doing something like this would be so much fun but takes guts because so many things could go wrong! So happy for you guys and miss you!! -Kari

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    Anonymous
    November 29, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    It looks BEAUTIFUL!!! Can't wait to see it in person….οΏ½οΏ½

    Melissa Wheeler

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    Brett
    November 29, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Looks beautiful!

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    Molly
    December 7, 2015 at 2:38 am

    This looks fantastic! Do you have any mantle installation tips? We just bought a reclaimed beat to use as a mantle on a brick fireplace. I'm a little worried about installation. It weighs a ton! Any advice and techniques you have to share would be most welcome!

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    Molly
    December 7, 2015 at 2:39 am

    This looks fantastic! Do you have any mantle installation tips? We just bought a reclaimed beat to use as a mantle on a brick fireplace. I'm a little worried about installation. It weighs a ton! Any advice and techniques you have to share would be most welcome!

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    Jamie
    December 7, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Molly!

    Thank you so much for the kind words! I asked my husband for advice as he knows more about the steps taken to install our mantle. πŸ™‚ He said – Pre drill through the mantel and the brick making sure to hit a wall stud. Then use long enough wood screws to go through mantle, brick, and wall stud and use liquid nail to the entire backside of the beam.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!

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    Tracy
    March 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I love your brick choice – could you tell me where you got it from and the name?

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      Jamie
      March 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Tracy! They are from bricksalvage.com! They are old Chicago brick veneers.

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