TGIF! Ever have those weeks that just drag on and on? That’s how this week was for me, and it was brutal – I’m so glad the weekend is finally here! I’m also pretty excited about what I have to share with you today, because…the next stage of our fireplace makeover is complete!! 🙂 🙂
Before you get too excited (I just know you’re all on the edge of your seats right now), this isn’t a drastic makeover or anything extraordinary – but I never wanted it to be. I simply wanted a subtle way to add some character and allow our fireplace to be more of a focal point in the living room – and I really think we achieved that.
Should I stop talking and just show you the picture already?
First, let me mention that it isn’t decorated because the paint was still pretty fresh when I took these pictures and I wanted it to be good and dry before I started leaning and placing all sorts of stuff up there, but I’m really in love with how this turned out. It’s just enough detail to make the fireplace stand out, but isn’t so much that it competes with the bookshelves on the back wall.
And want to know the best part? It cost us a grand total of about $15.00 to accomplish.
So here’s what we did:
I started by giving the wall portion above the fireplace a couple of coats of white paint (Benjamin Moore Simply White) to match the brick and mantel. I chose to do the wall in eggshell and the trim in semi-gloss – we already had both sheens leftover from other projects, and I thought it would add a little depth.
Jordan then cut four 1 ½” strips from a sheet of 1/8” thick hardboard that we found in the paneling aisle at Home Depot (that’s the part that cost $15.00) – we didn’t even use half of the board, but I think they are only sold by the sheet instead of by the foot – but I could be wrong on that. NOTE: We did not want to remove or alter the existing trim or crown moulding in any way so we needed our strips to be made from a very thin material. Otherwise, we would have used something thicker. You know, like actual trim. 🙂
After giving the strips a couple of coats of the same white paint, we determined our spacing and nailed the strips into place. A little bit of caulk to seal in the edges, a quick coat of paint on top to clean everything up and mission accomplished!
It really was that simple.
For a reminder, here’s the evolution of this fireplace since we bought the house four years ago…
Pretty great, right?
Next I need to find some antique bricks to use for the hearth. I don’t think Jordan is 100% convinced we can make that work. Not only do we have to find them in the right color and at the right price, but then we need to split them to make them thin enough to use – blah, blah blah…, but I have my heart set on it, so keep your fingers (and toes!) crossed for me.
So what do you think of our little fireplace makeover? Do you agree that beautiful, weathered antique bricks for the hearth will provide the perfect “finishing touch”?