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Wednesday, February 25

Living Room Transformation: Repainting the Fireplace


Remember when I said I decided to tackle re-painting our fireplace at the same time we tore apart our office? Ta-da!

 Before:

It was brown. And as I've said before, I'm not always a fan of painting fireplaces - especially if they're red brick. I LOVE a red brick fireplace. But this one was brown. And ugly.


"What are you doing?" 
"Nothing..." #ActionShot. 

We used white glossy paint, in hopes that it will be easy to wipe soot off of (it is!). We also bought special paint rollers for rough surfaces. I highly recommend. It takes A LOT of paint, and some elbow grease. 

But really, I can't speak to that so much, because Brian ended up doing most of the work, while I ... supervised. #PregnancyPrivelege. 


It's finished!

I took an informal poll on Instagram. Should we leave the mantle as it is, or should we go for the all white look? Or, as a wildcard option, paint it black? 


The photo on the right is from Domino Magazine. Votes were evenly split, but since I don't feel like doing any more work on this project ... I think we're going to leave it as is. 


My sister decorated it for Valentine's day with sticks from our backyard, paper hearts, and this heart-shaped wreath made from dyed coffee filters! She seriously needs a blog. 



The room feels so much brighter, more roomy, fresher, and more modern. I can't believe what a difference it made!
And, we got a new couch! Goodbye, plaid monster. Although you were super comfy, I'm happy to replace you with this classic gray sophisticated one. I bought it from friends who are moving. I just need some more throw pillows, and we'll be set. 


Sirius approves.
Have you, or would you, paint a fireplace? What small projects have you completed that made a huge difference? Share with us in the comments!
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