March 17, 2015

Fireplace Facelift

While my husband was away hunting, I had one of those spur of the moment "I am going to do this project while he is away and surprise him" ideas. I took out a can of white paint and decided to paint the brick of the fireplace. I had been wanting to do this for some time but wasn't sure if I wanted a white washed look or a completely covered look.  First I took off the screen and hardware that had been annoying me from the very beginning. Then, I figured I would start with white washing by painting a light coat to see how it looked.
 
Bad blogger...I did not take a photo of the white washed section, but needless to say, I didn't like it! It looked unfinished! So I proceeded to add a second coat for full coverage.
 
My second enigma was deciding if I was painting the grout lines or leaving the contrasting color. I started to fill them in with white and quickly realised I did not like the look {and that it would take FOREVER}. I then had to re-paint them in a brown color which thankfully my father-in-law happened to have lying around.
 
Finally, I took some charcoal cement floor paint and painted the inside of the fireplace with a light coat, as well as the stone hearth. I wanted neither of them to have a perfect coat so I simply used a brush and painted lightly. This fireplace is unusable as the chimney has been removed so I didn't have to worry about flammable paint or anything like that.
 
This is what the fire place looked like originally when we bought the house:
 
Here it is after our initial remodel.
 
And here it is now:

 
 
I love the contrast of the grout lines as well as the darkness of the hearth. It made the fireplace look modernized. All it needs now is a beautiful mantle to match the dark floors and eventually a natural gas or ethanol insert, at which point we will probably reface it completely and remove the hearth. In the meantime, it looks a little more like it belongs.