Painting The Fireplace White- A Before And After

Sunday, February 16, 2014

When we built on our master bedroom, I was so excited to be getting our dream bedroom! Nice and big  22 X18, with an old brick fireplace, bookcases and a corner window.

We found the picture of our "dream bedroom" from a Southern Living magazine article and basically copied it from that.

Flash forward 24 years later, and for some reason my tastes began to change as far as the old brick was concerned. I started seeing painted, white fireplaces and thought they looked so fresh and updated. 

About that time I entered a picture of our room to Pottery Barn for their "coziest spot" contest. And to my surprise, I won!

And with that came a boat load of comments and compliments. I felt good again about my room. 

As I was scrolling through the comments, there was this one comment that I just for the life of me could not get out of my head. It wasn't rude or ugly. It just said, "It looks like you have your bed in your living room!"

To this day I haven't forgotten that comment. But it kind of hit the nail on the head as how I was feeling! It did look living room-ish!


So that was it. I was going to paint my fireplace white! Dang it! Now the next hurdle was convincing my husband. What is it about husbands not wanting to paint wood or brick? I don't get it. But, I convinced him. And he loves it! Does he have a choice?

We also painted the walls Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter and the fireplace and trim BM White Dove. It's more of a softly shaded white. Which was perfect for the fireplace. Not so stark white!

We also decided that the bookcases had seen better days. We added the board and batten on either side to balance out the fireplace. If you'd like to know how to create the board and batten look here is the tutorial that we did for the family room. Click here.

So that's it! We feel lightened up and we love it!
What do you think?
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