I’m Still Here + Our Fireplace Project!


Shiplappers! First off, I must apologize for the radio static and my lengthy departure. I honestly didn’t mean for it to take me this long to get back on the horse again. Life has been incredibly busy, with so much change over these last couple of months that I definitely lost my way on my blogging journey. My mind has been so inundated with thoughts, ideas, and projects that I want to share with you all, that I have become overwhelmed with where to start. So in in the interest of getting something (anything) out there, I’m starting small with a little update post.

We survived a cross-province move with 3 kids under the age of 5 (golf claps please!). We successfully packed up our little family and life  and moved across 3 provinces to our new home on Prince Edward Island. The transition has gone pretty well for the most part. We love the island, first and foremost! There is this special feeling that comes with being here. Everyone seems that extra bit nicer, relaxed, and friendly. It’s probably my idealistic optimism and bias speaking, but I’ll take it.

Chasing Shiplap Minis-Colour Coordinating with our New House

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We love our new house, or at least we will after all of the renovations and unpacking have been completed. We had almost the entire first and second level of the house painted prior to moving in. Paint colour selection is something that is super personal as I’m sure that you know. Most of the colours that were in our house when we bought it were deep, dark and in some cases, bold. The palette was nice, but just not my style or what I envisioned for our new home, so the dark colours were the first thing to go.  I am drawn to light and neutral colours, so the new palette is a mix of soft whites/creams with pops of neutral blues and greens. We also decided to have our fireplace remodeled and to do a partial kitchen remodel to get our home to where we envision it. Both are pretty sizable projects and we are so excited to enjoy and share the end results when they are completed. For now, I will share a few photos of the progress that we are making.

Fireplace Before

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Our first project is remodeling the fireplace surround. It really isn’t something that we planned to do when we bought our home. I knew all along when we purchased the house that I would be changing the dark wood kitchen cabinetry to white. The fireplace had a stone facade that is flanked by builtin bookcases in the same dark wood as the kitchen cabinets. To add continuity to the space because it is open concept, I opted to have the builtins painted white to flow with the kitchen. I immediately loved how they looked when painted white, but the crisp white next to the dark stone was not working for me. It was too stark of a contrast.  I then began to look at options for painting or whitewashing the stone, and even replacing it with a lighter stone but nothing was was really jumping out at me that I loved. It didn’t help that I never really loved the mantle either. After some discussion with the ever supportive Mr. Chasing Shiplap, we agreed that if we were going to spend money on the project that we should get what we (I) really wanted. I bet that you can’t guess what that is. You’ll be astounded and amazed to learn that we (I) decided on a shiplap surround (and custom shaker-style mantle) for our new and improved fireplace! Shocking, I know!

Bookcase Builtins Painted White

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Above is the fireplace after the builtins were painted white (see what I mean? The stone just isn’t working) and below is the work in progress. Stay tuned for the big reveal when it is all completed- I can’t wait to share! Friends, I have been Chasing Shiplap for some time now, and I am thrilled that I finally caught some! Shiplap dreams do come true! Stay tuned for fireplace updates!

Fireplace Surround in Progress

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The Unfinished Cedar Shiplap Planks are so Pretty! It will all eventually be painted white to match the builtins!

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