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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