mind if I share dd's fireplace makeover?
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Posted: 4/5/2013 3:01:27 PM
It started out like this:



and ended up like this:



I used chalkboard paint then drew on the "bricks" but i suspect dd will erase that and draw some of her own doodles.



Now, I have to figure out how to get that mirror out of there so I can resilver it :/



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Posted: 4/5/2013 3:07:03 PM
wow



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Posted: 4/5/2013 3:55:40 PM
I thought the before (minus the stenciled flowers) had more vintage charm.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:02:11 PM
Teenager not so in to vintage charm



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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:03:34 PM
Ok, it's just teen fugly now.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:08:27 PM
She's thrilled and that's all that matters. Yk?



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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:09:16 PM

I thought the before (minus the stenciled flowers) had more vintage charm.


I was thinking the same thing.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:14:33 PM
No it's just faded weird right there



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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:17:00 PM
That is rather odd. I would have painted it also.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:17:05 PM
I like the brick work, it's cute. Looks like a fun project!


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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:19:34 PM
Exposing the damaged bricks behind the doors isn't working. Can you put the doors back on?




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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:19:47 PM
I probably will paint it. It has a weird crackle finish. I'm thinking of stripping it and seeing what's under it and maybe that will inspire.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:21:56 PM
The door is already back on. No worries there.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:33:01 PM
The door is my favorite part of the fireplace, no matter how it is painted, so I am very glad you kept it.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 4:45:03 PM

Ok, it's just teen fugly now.







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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:35:47 PM
Wow, shaking my head at some of the utterly bitchy comments. I'm glad that your daughter enjoyed her project!


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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:37:02 PM
I like the brickwork painted black.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:44:01 PM

Wow, shaking my head at some of the utterly bitchy comments. I'm glad that your daughter enjoyed her project!


I agree. Glad your daughter loves it!



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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:46:06 PM
I love that your teenager attempted her own home project and that you gave her the lattitude to create whatever she wanted. That shows a lot of initiative on her part and lots of restraint on yours! Good job to both of you!


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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:46:25 PM
I love the door...and I like that you painted around it with chalkboard paint. Even if there is nothing drawn on it, the door looks pretty against the softness of that color.

I can't tell what is around the mirror above....is that chalkboard paint, too? I'm not sure I'd redo the old mirror....

I like the green color...what does her bedding & window treatments look like? Have that color in them?

I like the vintage-y feel of the room. I hope it grows on your teen.

What is the history of your house?


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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:46:26 PM
So many of you need to shut up. If you don't like it, fine. But you certainly can't say her daughter is neglected and doesn't have a caring Mom. In the end, her daughter will remember all her mother did for her, not if it was "House Beautiful" quality or not. So go pull the rancid broomsticks out of your hateful asses.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:52:40 PM

I love that your teenager attempted her own home project and that you gave her the lattitude to create whatever she wanted. That shows a lot of initiative on her part and lots of restraint on yours! Good job to both of you!
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Posted: 4/5/2013 5:56:32 PM
She'll have fun with the chalkboard... Glad she likes it



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Posted: 4/5/2013 6:16:56 PM
Her window treatments are that greenish/ teAl, orange and yellow stripes. She's getting new bedding and I'm leaning towards black/grey reversible. Something very basic. She has a thing for pillows and has several from the same line as her curtains.

We are redoing her room based off a poster from her favorite tv show.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 7:02:33 PM

I love that your teenager attempted her own home project and that you gave her the lattitude to create whatever she wanted. That shows a lot of initiative on her part and lots of restraint on yours! Good job to both of you!


This!

My mom allowed me to decorate my room to suit my comfort and taste. It didn't match the rest of our home AT ALL.

I still appreciate her letting me create my space.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 7:06:33 PM
Wow..that is realllly bad. Sorry..but it is. It's got such great bones. I can't believe you wouldn't try to restore it..vs ...this?!






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Posted: 4/5/2013 7:26:16 PM
she has four years left at home. I can redo it and restore it when she leaves. Like someone else said, right now it's more about making her happy in her space than anything else.


I like doing projects around the house and paint is cheap. So is paint stripper.

I let the younger girls pick their room colors and it looks like someone barfed up pepto pink everywhere but they are thrilled.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:03:20 PM
Betcha you could cremate pets in that thang.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:12:45 PM
I agree about letting her do her own thing, how else will she learn? My mom let me have my room my way, and my friends mom let her paint her whole room white and then we spent most of high school graffiting all over the walls in sharpie markers. The rest of that house was gorgeous and classy. (Her father was prominant community member). They just closed her door.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:14:29 PM
Heck, I'm allll for kids having their own space, and decorating.I have a kid with orange polka dots on her walls. But if it came to ruining a part of the architecture of the house. ah..NO. Plus it doesn't teach kids to honor and respect old things. I live in a old farmhouse, with lots of built in's and wood work. My girls have grew up respecting it.






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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:17:42 PM
cindy: I get that, but it was in really rough shape before we started the makeover. like i said, it's not anything that a little elbow grease can't undo.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:25:22 PM
who knew posting something that made my kid happy would turn into such mudslinging



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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:31:52 PM

Plus it doesn't teach kids to honor and respect old things. I live in a old farmhouse, with lots of built in's and wood


In this case they painted something that was already painted.

I live in and treasure a historic home. I'm not seeing anything ruined here that another coat of paint can't fix.

Before the inevitable "strip and refinish it!" cry let me say that in many cases even original woodwork was meant to be painted. It was creamy white and can be again. Or not. If that was better lit and tarted up with a painted ceramic owl and one of those "fun with felt" Etsy art and featured on some hipster blog people would be all over it.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:33:03 PM
The lines on the black part are a bit much. It becomes the center of attention.

Those bricks in front will come cleaner looking with brick cleaner.

Overall tho, the paint is great, instead of changing the mirror I would find an old painting that would fit in that mirror space.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:36:33 PM
I think you're a brave mom for letting her go wild and pick her own colors and such! She'll remember that always, plus learning to paint is a worthwhile skill. I don't think I painted anything big until I was in my mid-twenties and I painted a room for the first time.

Since it was already painted and not a beautiful wood fireplace I see no issue with her painting it. White or green, who cares if it makes her happy.

Like Melanell said though, I'm glad you kept the doors, they are super cute!


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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:38:24 PM
How cool that you let her tackle this project-it reminds me of when my mom let me redo my room in my teens. I had long outgrown her patchwork quilt wallpaper and matching bedding she had picked for me. I learned to paint and choose colors and accents. It was a great life lesson. I loved living in the space I had created. Good job to both of you!

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:40:46 PM
I love that you let her plan and pick colours for her own project.
Painting does not equal disrespect.

I bet she is going to love her room!

I had friends growing up who's mom let them paint their rooms once a year, any colour they wanted. Three girls, three rooms. They regularly switched bedrooms, too. I was so envious of their freedom.






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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:40:48 PM
I think it's great that your daughter decorated something that made her happy.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 8:47:31 PM
I love the color. It is such a beautiful happy color.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 9:00:50 PM
To clear up confusion, who did this, you or your daughter. It was my understanding that you did it FOR her, but now I'm not sure. Either way, glad she is enjoying it.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 9:12:33 PM
Good on you for letting your DD do her room, I'd like to see the rest of it.

Wow, shaking my head at some of the utterly bitchy comments.
Me too. But Micki, you handled them with good grace - something those posters obviously don't have.


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Posted: 4/5/2013 9:17:04 PM

To clear up confusion, who did this, you or your daughter. It was my understanding that you did it FOR her, but now I'm not sure. Either way, glad she is enjoying it.


I painted, dd picked colors. DD plans on removing the brick look and doing her own doodles. ETA: there were some other stages of this project in the first colors dd picked. She picked a brownish color at first and it was just blech. So we hit the paint stash again and black sounded like a good idea. The only black I had was chalkboard paint.

DD scraped most of the wallpaper off in the room. She definitely put in the sweat equity.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 10:18:06 PM
This may be a silly question, but can you still use that fireplace for a small fire or is the firebox inside too damaged? I am on my kindle and can't see the photo very well.

I understand letting your kids personalize their own space. It is just paint. Although I would not be saying that if it were not already painted and was some amazing wood finish. Painting together is great bonding time, and with a teen, those opportunities for bonding don't come often.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 10:50:00 PM
Some lost pets ran into the hole in the fireplace.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 10:58:11 PM
I think it was a coal fireplace originally.



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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:14:13 PM

my friends mom let her paint her whole room white and then we spent most of high school graffiting all over the walls in sharpie markers.


as someone who doodled on everything BUT walls, I would've loved that! heck, i'd love it even now! you have me seriously considering letting my boys go to town when they're a little older on their walls (just not woodwork). honestly, who cares? it can always be painted over.




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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:18:05 PM
Just FYI, painting over sharpie is no small task. One of my friends growing up was allowed to doodle in sharpie on the walls, and we all loved it, but when they went to sell the house, the primer did not cover it, so they re-rocked the walls. Seriously.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:19:28 PM
Micki,

I'm shocked how rude so many of these posters have been to you. I, for one, think the fireplace looks much better now than before. It's updated and is more fitting for a teen. I'm glad you and your dd had so much fun doing this together.

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Posted: 4/5/2013 11:22:19 PM

Just FYI, painting over sharpie is no small task. One of my friends growing up was allowed to doodle in sharpie on the walls, and we all loved it, but when they went to sell the house, the primer did not cover it, so they re-rocked the walls.


ok, but how long ago was that? the way you say "when they were growing up" makes me think 20 years ago. I can't believe in this day, when I can cover super light green walls with one coat of paint+primer in deep teal, that I couldn't cover sharpie. at worst, i'd have to have THEM magic eraser the walls first, I know that works.


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