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Saturday, February 14, 2015


Painted Fireplace-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Painted Fireplace-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

When I get out of the shower or tub, I need extra heat in the bathroom, but I didn't like the look of a space heater.  My Mother had a faux fireplace that she used on a screened porch, so I put the space heater in the opening of that fireplace.

Painted Fireplace-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

This was a very inexpensive fireplace, and it had not held up well.  Some of it was weathered down to the bare wood, and I  had to keep a scarf on top of it to cover the watermarks.

Painted Fireplace-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

This allows me to have the space heater next to the bathtub and directly across from the shower.  I painted the fireplace with Annie Sloan Graphite and then waxed it with Annie Sloan clear wax and then dark wax.  It really isn't as blue as it looks in these pictures, and I like the way it turned out.

Painted Fireplace-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

You may remember that, long ago, I shared about these silhouettes that are on the mantel.  

Painted Fireplace-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

These are The Four Seasons by Fidus.  For some reason, my Grandmother had Spring and Summer. I don't know if that is all she ever had, or if Autumn and Winter were lost at some point.

4 Seasons by Fidus

I was so surprised to find Autumn at a yard sale a couple of years ago.  I can find a set of four on Ebay, but I don't want to buy a whole set.  Maybe I'll be lucky enough to find Winter some day.  For now, Autumn is propped on top of the mantel.  If I ever find the fourth season, I'll hang Autumn and Winter with Spring and Summer.

Painted Fireplace-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I'm laughing about the time on the clock in these photos.  I took the "before" picture one day, and the next day, I took the "after" pictures in early afternoon.  Later that afternoon, I went in the bathroom and thought the light was better, so I took some more.  If you noticed the time on the clock, you probably thought I spent my whole day in the bathroom.
Painted Fireplace-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
I'm really liking the look of my "new" fireplace", and I sure do appreciate you coming by to see it.
This post is partying with Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House, and You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E.


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Love the change! fondly ~lynne~ said...

Holy heaven Laurie, a fireplace in your bathroom! Faux or not, it's amazing! Love the new paint, it looks fabulous!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

The fireplace looks great in the bathroom. How nice to get out of the shower or tub to nice warm room. I like your choice of color for it.
Have a great week, hope your not getting any of the cold weather going around.

sweet violets said...

What a great idea!!! Love how it turned out....the color is perfect. the silhouettes, so the shower curtain, exotic, and the window treatment. Beautiful room, and toasty!!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word, how fun is this. I love your fireplace and am so jealous of all that space too. Gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Really like the after - You did good.
Hope you are staying warm and staying off the ice. said...

The fireplace is beautiful.. The tub, fireplace and windows look inviting..I might have a hard time staying out of the tub.

happyandhumble said...

Love that color!!! Looks great.

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, I love your bathroom and the fireplace with the heater is a great idea and looks like it's always been there. Your little silhouettes are so sweet!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

What a neat idea for a bathroom- I never would have thought to add a faux fireplace unit but it looks quite fabulous! I'm really intrigued by the curtain fabric with the tub- very elegant and the way you did the window !

Lori Johnston said...

I would love a fireplace in the bathroom -- jealous! The color is gorgeous and I love how you arranged your mantel.