25 February 2013

Painted Fireplace

I (finally) returned to DIY projects this past week. If you thought my DIY days were behind me now that we're in our new house, you're mistaken. I have a (long) list of projects to make our new house a little more home for us.

George and I decided to focus on our family room and kitchen areas first because we spend so much time in the space, and I'm going to share the projects as we tick through them. I don't know when it hit me, but at some point in the last few months, I realized that the original red brick in the family room had to go. We first imagined resurfacing the fireplace with a more modern stone, similar to what we have in the living room. Given the expense and inconvenience of such a project, I convinced George to let me paint the brick as a first step to improving the fireplace. If we hated the paint, I argued, then we could consider a more involved fireplace facelift.

A little guidance from these (1, 2) tutorials and three and half coats of Natura berkshire beige later, we are both really happy with the state of our brick. So happy, in fact, that we've forgotten about tile. 


BEFORE


AFTER


Don't worry: changing the wall paint color is on the list.

So, what do you think? I know that painting brick is controversial. Which team do you support?

4 comments:

denayeb said...

Looks great!

Unknown said...

Wow!! It looks fabulous. I love that you can better see the detail and three-dimensional bricks a the top of the fireplace. I didn't even notice them in the first picture and had to scroll back up. Great job!

Unknown said...

Drats. I'm apparently "Unknown". That was my comment :) -- Kendra

ALKS said...

Thanks, guys! I can't wait to share the rest of the room updates as it comes together!