I finally changed the blackboard above my mantle this week. And yes, that is the mantle my husband made! All year it has displayed my pregnancy announcement consisting of birdies on a tree branch and a little nest in a birdcage but recently I realized it needed some updating. I’m still working on finishing the frame in the garage, projects have been known to be started and then picked up years later by myself, but it’s been one of those projects that have been tossed to the wayside. I love how rustic the wood, linen, and chalkboard makes the living room feel.
I decided since it’s fall, I would use one of my favorite bible verses for thankfulness:
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 9:1
I also found some awesome mini lights from the dollar store in orange and a purplish black that make my fireplace look warm with glowing coals. I actually never turn them off- they are literally glowing all soft and warm for me all day and all night.
It’s more or less one of those ‘for-looks’ gas fireplaces. The gasman who came to inspect it when we moved in told me it’s not efficient for heating and cost a lot of money to run, in gas. We have never turned it on, believe it or not.
Still, I love the effect the orange glow has with my cheater coals. You can get them around Halloween at the DollarTree. There are so many things you can do to improve your home and make it cozy, even if you dont have the bonified item or funds.
We had to pick up some lumber from Lowes for some of my projects the other day and I realized I was all out of spray primer. I loved this stuff. It was a tall can of Zinsser primer and it was smooth and coated so evenly! I had one drawer facia left as well as some inside bits of the dresser I was renovating to do. I must have walked up and down the aisles 20 times searching front and back but it was nowhere to be found. They were all there the other day!
An associate came up and asked if I needed something and I explained to her this primer would complete my job but I couldn’t find them.
“Hmm, that must be a popular primer because I sold about 3 of them just the other day…” she replied to me but inventories only showed 1 in stock. That could be anywhere in the whole Lowes Universe! I explained that there were a few blogs online that recommended using it and it’s understandable it would be popular. All at once her face lit up. “Oh.. you said blog… wait a minute. About 3 weeks ago I read something on a blog and put this aside for a project and forgot about it. Follow me!” she said and we hurried over to her counter where- there, in shiny glory- was my Zinsser primer.
“It was a Goduance.” I explained. “God was just having you put that aside for me knowing I had this project to finish in the future.” *wink*