Quick Fireplace Makeover
For a long time I've been wanting to paint my fireplace. It's black and while it looks really nice, I felt like it was literally a giant black hole that was hindering the look of my long standing "brighten up my living room" project. For a long time I wanted to paint it white but was scared to commit.
But that's the great thing about paint, right? It doesn't cost very much to paint something and if you hate it, paint it again! My friends can tell you how often I've painted my kitchen and bathroom (and I still have my sights on other colors!).
So this past weekend, when I was free of plans and knew I couldn't possibly sit still all weekend, I made a mini goal to work on my fireplace.
As you can see, my "before" photo is pretty awful. Wires everywhere, crafty junk to the left, and the contents of my old car to the right. I should really clean that up... There's also a ton of dead space above my TV.
So the mantle really isn't all that bad, and the view on the TV? Hello, Gabriel Macht. I just recently got into Suits. And Patrick Adams? Nerdy hot.
So I'm not going to post a tutorial because it's seriously that easy. Wipe down surface. Tape down edges if needed. Paint. Dry. Paint. Do a happy dance.
If you're looking for something more formal, I referred to my favorite home bloggers, Young House Love, for a guide.
I'm pretty excited by how this turned out. I was so paranoid I was going to ruin the look of my living room but I love it! I went with "burnished clay" from Behr and did about 3 coats to get rid of all the black. I left the inside of the fireplace the way it was. I don't make fires - I actually don't know how and I'm too scared that my home will burn down - but I know that future homeowners may want to have that luxury. The color is actually a greyish white but you can't really tell against the dark blue. If you look at the trim, you can see that it's not pure white.
Here's the "completed" fireplace again with some decoration and ambiance to give it a more cozy feel. I love having bunting over the fireplace and the warmth my fake candles bring. The wires are going away. The flowers are TBD. It's actually risky having glass by the fireplace because my dog's tail has whipped some vases over before. Any ideas of safe things to put on either side?
So, this is actually Phase 1. Phase 2 has to do with the area above the TV. Anyone want to guess what that will entail?
I also forgot to add, a crucial step to painting, especially the floor "tile," was to keep my dog distracted. I got him his favorite bully stick to play with. It didn't work. He kept trying to walk by my paint job. And he sheds A LOT! Needless to say, as hard as I tried to keep the area fur free, I'm pretty sure a few suckers made their way into the paint.
Have you made any quick updates to your home recently? I know painting isn't really a "quickie" task, but something that took about an hour is quick to me compared to things like painting a whole room or installing tile!
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