Fireplace makeover


I got an idea in my head not too long ago to makeover my living room.   I wanted new furniture and bring in some chairs that I had redone.  Included in this makeover was a new (gigantic) TV!  Needless to say, my husband was on board because he got something out of it.  It took me a long time to start this project because I couldn’t justify new furniture.  Sure, every night before we headed upstairs, I would complain about our couch and the slipcovers that I was forever straightening!  But, I knew to replace them would not be cheap.  I also worried that if we did replace the furniture, would they hold up to Ellie.  Because if you have kids, you know they are not the most careful on furniture.Another decision I couldn’t make was the color of the room.  I had gone through several “moods” but finally did find a shade I could live with.  I have to be honest though, my choice was not a favorite of the rest of the family.  I asked them to please trust my “vision”!   I finally decided on a color from “Behr Offshore Mist.  I got this at Home Depot.   The color is subtle and relaxing, just what I was looking for.

Once the room was painted, the fireplace had to be addressed, as it stood out like a sore thumb.  Once again, I struggled on what to do with it, do I paint it, do I have new tile put over it?  Then it came to me in the middle of the night, I’ll paint it grey!  But, did people paint their brick fireplaces grey?  I went on Pinterest for ideas and found that I wasn’t alone in my idea.  There was so much inspiration.  I headed back to the store the next morning and found the perfect grey, Sherwin Williams “Software”. This one I got at Lowes.   So the hard process of cleaning the current fireplace started.  I used TSP to get all the existing grime off.  This stuff works, but you have to be cautious, make sure you wear your gloves and eye protection.

Before fireplace

IMG_9239before fireplaceIMG_9233IMG_9240So I got the brick painted and was loving it.  Then came the tile hearth and the inside.  I really wanted to re-tile the hearth, but that will have to wait for now.  I just painted the tile to match the grey brick.  The inside was awful.  I decided to paint it the same white as the mantle, which is a bright, clean white.  Cleaning the years of soot and dirt was incredible.  Again, I used the TSP and soap and water.  Once that was clean, I primed the stone and then put 2-3 coats of the bright white.  (We will not be using our fireplace so we used regular paint).All the hard work was so worth it, I just LOVE the fireplace.  It is a great focal point in our living room.  And the new TV is perfect above the mantle.  My whole family is loving the new living room.  Pics are to follow on all the new things.

Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your feedback.

Final fireplace

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