Friday, August 19, 2016

Fireplace Makeover

Hello everyone!

I recently took a risk and did something drastic with my fireplace.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know what I did.  It's funny because I am not a risk taker in life, but I am in decorating.  Guess I trust my own instincts when I have control over something but not when I turn something over to someone else.  So, first of all,  I asked my husband what he thought of me doing this before I actually did it.  Because there was no going back after I did this project.  He surprised me with positive feedback.  So, I immediately started looking at tutorials and pictures of the finished product from those that had done this before me.  I was very excited to read that it was very simple.  Nothing special needed to be done.  I already had the supplies on hand to do this.  So no money was spent!

Okay, here is the before picture.



I took this with my i-phone so it's not a great pic.  I liked it like this for a very long time, but was wanting a lighter look with an old fashioned feel.  I was drawn to white painted fireplaces where there was no contrast between the mantel and the surround.

So, this is the after pic!


I immediately liked it.  I liked the lighter look and the clean looking hearth.  I think it opens up the room more and blends better with my white slipcovers.  This new look is much more versatile with any color scheme I choose now!




While I was painting this, my husband asked me how many times it had been painted already.  I told him I believed it was 3 times.  Now, I'm back to white! However, the stone had never been painted before.  Poor fireplace!  



Here are some inspirational pics that I liked.



The tutorial that I used was found from this blogger. (See source below pic.)


Have you ever done a dramatic makeover with your fireplace?  Or, are you lucky and just love yours the way it is already?

Hope you have a great weekend!

~ Kelly ~

23 comments:

Deserae said...

It's very pretty....I love the lighter look!
Have a great weekend!
~Des

Missy George said...

Blends in with your decore better..I am a big fan of natural stone and wood..They both look good..Enjoy your weekend.

cynthia lee designs said...
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cynthia lee designs said...

Your fireplace looks great painted white. We are going to paint ours or put shiplap on it. I just can't decide which I want to do.
~Cindy

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

This really looks so good, Kelly! The most I have done to mine is paint the brass trim black. You did a great job!

Linda said...

I love it!!! Good for you in going for it!!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Wow! That is a big change!

Sandy A said...

I love it..light and updated and really a compliment to your design style and colors in your home...

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love the white! It looks great and I'm already imagining how pretty it'll look with fall and Christmas touches. :) One of the houses we lived in didn't have a mantel, so we made one out of wood and used one of those "marbling" kits to give it a black and white marble effect. My, how my tastes have changed! :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It really does look good you risk taker you!

Scribbler said...

I love the lighter look. In our last house, we had a fireplace much like the one in your first inspiration photo. I wasted no time painting it white, by using first primer mixed with powdered joint compound, then white paint mixed with joint compound. I later refaced it and covered it up altogether, but for a few years, it looked really good with just the white painted brick. I think you are going to be really happy with your efforts!

AntiqueChase said...

It looks great! I recently painted mine too and I wish I would have done it sooner!!
~Marcy

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Looks GREAT, Kelly! WOW what a difference it makes. Whew!

In my last house (before I was remarried, many years ago) I had a red brick fireplace I dreamed of painting but moved before I ever found the nerve or energy to do it. I was fortunate enough moving into this forever home that the fireplace is "me" so already bright and light. Thank goodness or I don'tg think I'd have the nerve!

Well done.

Have a wonderful weekend. : - )

Debra Pashkowsky said...

I love the new look for the fireplace. The white really brings out the detail of the surround. I didn't notice the wreath until I saw the white. It is very nice. I have white tile around my fireplace so I am pretty happy with that. I would like to plank the wall above it but I am not sure how ambitious I feel. :)

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Good for you for taking the risk! It paid off Kelly, as it really looks oerfect with your decor.

Years ago I marbleized our slate fireplace. It looked beautiful and I never tired of it. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut.

xxx

Maria Elena said...

Kelly, it looks gorgeous! I love the white! It is going to look beautiful with any decor. Have a wonderful weekend! Maria

Pinehurst Farm said...

TOTALLY LOVE IT!!
BLESSINGS

Naomi said...


I am undecided about whether I like the all-whiteness on the fireplace or not. I definitely think it is better than it was before you painted it. Somehow, I find it a lot of white with nothing contrasting. I wonder if the mantel could be changed to a wooden one or painted another color or something? But, if you love it, that's all that matters, right! Glad you're happy you did it?

I have a question for you on a completely different subject. At the top of your home page you show a figure--somewhat primitive--is it a Santos? A Hispanic figure of a saint? I really, really love it. It's so simple, but appealing to me. I'd love to know how/where you acquired it if you wouldn't mind sharing that information.

Sally Somervill said...

I love your new fireplace look!! Our brick fireplace was painted golden taupe when we first moved in. It was the very first thing I changed. Xo

Christine Vandormolen said...

Big change Kelly!!!! Totally changes the look and feel of the room. That was indeed a RISKY thing to do! It looks lovely, but I have to admit I liked the contrast before...But then again you can always add contrast with accessories if you are in the mood!!! xoxoxo

Cindy - ClochesandLavender said...

Taking t he risk paid off Kelly. Love it!

Cindy

Linda said...

Love the new look! Glad you took the risk!

Bliss said...

I agree, it looks great and blends with your room really nicely. I am a chicken, coward, decorating scaredy cat, so on anything that there is no going back, I probably am too frightened to go!