December 4, 2012

Fireplace Facelift: Before & After

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On Black Friday this year, I wasn't in those crazy lines at the stores. No, I was at home, in my grungy painting clothes, ready to transform my fireplace!  I had decided that before we got our Christmas tree this year I HAD to do it. The heavy dark fireplace was overpowering the space for too long and was really bugging me.

The brown painted brick had been coated with a shiny poly finish and I had wanted to change to something brighter and softer ever since we moved here almost two years ago. I had painted other rooms first and put this off because I had never painted a fireplace before and it looked like a tedious project. But it actually turned out to be much easier than I thought and it was finished less than a day!

Here's what it looked like before and what I did to update the look:

Because of the shiny surface on the brick, I decided to use the same floor primer and paint I had used on the floor for my Boys' Bedroom Makeover.  I only used a brush, not a roller which went on really smoothly. I loved color, called "historic white"and how it softened up the space. 

And here's what my fireplace and mantle looked like when I was done: 

I am so happy with this transformation I feel like I could stare at it all day. I love the clean, modern look and how my mantle, tree and garland pop against the lighter colored brick and floor. Good riddance to my ugly fireplace!

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  1. I love how bright this area looks now! I just finished revamping my fireplace space, but I'm jealous that yours is painted. Our brick has never been touched by paint, I'd love to whitewash it, my bf rolls his eyes every time I bring it up. I hope to wear him down eventually.

    Nikki Kelly @ the ambitious procrastinator

    1. Thanks, Nikki! I love the white so much! Hopefully you'll get your boyfriend to compromise? I'll take a peek at your revamp too!

  2. So pretty! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday - Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ..." We've also got a fun Christmas Wish List Giveaway going on which includes a chance to win a Blend Tec. Hope to see you there!

  3. Wow, Christina, this turned out soooo pretty! You make me want to paint my fireplace!

    Thanks for linking up last week at the Humble Brag. Hope you'll come back tomorrow to link up. Also the Silhouette Cameo giveaway ends this weekend!

  4. This looks great! Although all white wouldn't jive with my decor, I have been thinking about painting my tile for a long time. You have given me the inspiration to just do it already!


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