As I mentioned in my last post, I did something bold to my family room. I painted my fireplace mantel black! I also continued the color into the mirror above it. I wanted my fireplace to make more of a statement in the room. It seemed squished between the two armoires on each side of it so I think this did the trick!
I had been contemplating painting it black off and on for years! I never did it though until now. Since I have some black lamps and black and white pillows it seemed more appropriate. But, I'm happy that it's still considered neutral and will continue to blend with the rest of the house. If not, it's just paint!
I did it while my husband was at work and then sent him a pic after it was done. I held my breath waiting to get an opinion from him. You know what it was? He loved it!
I used this paint.
I'll tell you something too. I was all ready to go to the store and buy Annie Sloan chalk paint, but guess what? They only sell it at specific stores and the one in my area was closed on Sunday and Monday. So, they lost a sale! I don't really think they should limit their distributors the way that they have. So, I went down the street to a shop that sold this brand as well as Amy Howard's line. I chose this one. It's a soft black.
I distressed the raised edges around the mirror to accentuate that part a little better.
Did you notice something else new in the family room?
I brought in my white slip covered ottoman that I was using in the dining room. It fits perfectly with my new chair!
This room seems more cozy now with the dark fireplace and mirror. It has enhanced the focal point of the room. I like how striking it is against all of the white walls too.
If I decide to remove some of my yellow accents, the black will still work fine with any other color I choose or play well with other neutrals in the room. It's a win-win. This fireplace started out white (when we bought the house), and has been dark brown, and grey before. I guess it's only fitting that it should now be black.
Have you ever painted your fireplace mantel before?
Thanks for stopping by.
~ Kelly ~