Here’s a reminder of my family room fireplace “before”. The room is really dark, with the only natural light coming from atrium doors to a covered (read: always shady) porch. This picture was taken with every light in the room on AND a flash on the camera. In real life, that fireplace looked more like a dark hole.
I found Young House Love’s instructions for painting a brick fireplace and they made it sound so easy, I decided to make it a weekend project. I went with white semi-gloss paint just because I already had a gallon.
The first coat was a real bear. I wasn’t thinking about how each brick really has five surfaces to paint, AND there’s another layer deeper of grout surrounding each of those bricks. There’s a lot of paint “smooshing” to get into all those little spaces. The next coats were so much easier! It would have been fine with two coats, but I did one more coat just with the roller because it was quick and I had some paint left in the can. A tip: if you find little unpainted spaces in difficult to reach places, load a little paint on a Q-tip and dab it on.
Here’s how it looks now:
Now to decide what should go on the mantel.
Maybe some sort of painting? These are a work in progress for our bedroom, just to give an idea how a canvas (or four) might look.
Or maybe I need to invest in more locally made Blenko glass? I love how the white background really shows off the glass!
And here’s what I used on the mantel before I painted the brick:
Do you see the pop of orange to the lower left? Those are little Japanese children’s shoes made by my friend Yuki’s parents.
Did you even notice them in the “before” photo? They show up so much better against the white!
Do you have a preference for the mantel decor, or a suggestion for something else? I’d love to hear it!