Monday, July 8, 2013

Fireplace Update–Phase I

Time for a

I have been staring down my old fireplace for a very long time – 8 years to be exact. 

I never liked it.  I never hated it. 

It just was never quite right.  Never quite what I wanted.

Here it is done… phase I!

Fireplace After - Primer & Painted Nails

This is phase I because this is the first simple change that was long overdue. 

I painted the brick in a Sherwin Williams color that I love called Peppercorn.  I have used this color in my Dining Room, on some Cabinetry, and on the back of my Kitchen Hutch already, so using it on this Fireplace to help tie the rooms together was a no-brainer.

Check out how it has looked since we moved in.

Fireplace Before - Primer & Painted Nails

Fireplace Before 2 - Primer & Painted Nails

Like I said… it wasn’t horrible… it just wasn’t pretty. 

I don’t know about you but my design philosophy is not “It’s not horrible so let’s keep it!”

It was just way too busy with the black, cream, pink, and tan mottled bricks.  You couldn’t really even see anything I placed on the mantle because of all the color variations in the brick. 

The hubby wasn’t so sure I should paint… but I just couldn’t stand looking at it anymore.  So I tread in lightly by first painting the “mantel” area.

Fireplace Mantel Painted - Primer & Painted Nails

This just did not work for me… again too busy… but the Hubby was fine with it and still not sure I should paint the whole thing…. so… of course… I painted it all! 

And asked forgiveness later.

The room just feels so much more unified and calm with the brick all one color.  Your eye goes straight to the accessories now.

Fireplace After 2 - Primer & Painted Nails

Fireplace After 3 - Primer & Painted Nails

As I said, this is Phase I. 

We are going to build a wood mantel over the ugly brick one. 

Also, see that bar table on the right holding the television? 

I am working on painting an old dresser right now to take it’s place.  It will be fab.  This table just looks plain silly!  I also need a rug in here stat…. all in good time!

See You Soon…..

1 comment:

  1. You should get some high heat black paint to paint the back of the fireplace it will make a huge difference. Other than that it looks good, I probably never would have done it, something feels wrong about painting brick to me, maybe because I have never had it to worry about.


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