11.18.2010

Fireplace progress...

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Well, just as I am totally wrapped up in painting and re-imagining my fireplace, Beth from The Stories from A to Z featured my Christmas mantel from last year, and I got all sentimental.  
Am I wrong for painting that beast?  I really did love how the fireplace/mantel turned out last Christmas, but the rest of the year I think "I hate that brick" every. single. time. I walk into the room.  


So I've slopped paint on every. single. one. of those bricks 3 times this week.  Yikes.  
Remember I tried this?


Weeeeeeelll, the next morning I decided I couldn't abide the grey grout or even a leeeetle bit of orange/salmon/pink brick showing thru.

  So, at one point it looked like this as I tried to decide what look I liked best:


On the left the grout is painted white with the bricks RL Canvas Natural.  On the right I painted the grout AND the brick the RL.  The bottom is RL brick and had started painting the grout white.  Isn't it weird how the Canvas Natural looks so different on the top and below the shelf?

And how 'bout that mirror, eh?


Anyway, tonight I have a solid white fireplace, bricks and grout, awaiting a light rolling of the Canvas Natural. 
I want the pretty texture on the brick to stand out a wee bit, so hopefully the white will be just subtle enough to contrast with the beige. 
If it doesn't work, then I'll go with the look up there on the left: white grout, beige brick.  
That was my family's favorite anyway.


Tomorrow we begin the great beadboard wallpaper treatment on the ceiling....trim Saturday and Sunday.



Oh yeah, I"ll be drawing a winner of the Giveaway tomorrow night.

36 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh it's going to be so much softer and prettier this year- you are not wrong for painting it!!! it will still be GORGEOUS!

Kristin said...

You may have just given me the inspiration to paint my fireplace!!!!! I hate my brick too.

gina3 said...

I think you were right to paint it. It's going to look great! Love that mirror.

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

that is a gorgeous photo from last year. But I think its going to fabulous in white. Loving the look

Midwest Cottage and Finds! said...

wow--looks like mine! check it out!
http://midwestcottageandfinds.blogspot.com/2010/10/fireplace-before-after-part-1.html

cannot wait to see the ceiling!!

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

The brick did look nice for Christmas, but I think it will be even better painted white =)

NanaDiana said...

Well, it might have been pretty last Chtistmas but it is going to be GORGEOUS this Christmas! I can't wait to see it all done. Did you decide not to put the panels on the top then? Hurry...hurry...it is almost Thanksgiving! Hugs-Diana

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

That painted brick is looking soooooo good!

I really like the white grout with the bit darker brick.

Yay for getting those renos done!!!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

I think you made the right decision too! :)

Anonymous said...

aha, here I am, commenting. I love the new look, I love real men who do ceiling work, I love the thought of holidays ahead and getting our whole beautiful crew together. Great job, should open up that room totally!!! Love Mom

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot, those Santa-clad Country HOmes about make me cry, what happened to my beloved CH magazine??
I save a few just to see them in my lap. love Mom

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot, those Santa-clad Country HOmes about make me cry, what happened to my beloved CH magazine??
I save a few just to see them in my lap. love Mom

Richella said...

No, ma'am. You were not wrong to paint it. You're going to love it painted. And we're going to love seeing the room all put together! :)

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I'm trying to decide whether or not to paint my brick fireplace right now! Would love for you to stop by and give me your opinion! http://ourfifthhouse.blogspot.com/2010/11/when-in-rome.html

Your fireplace is going to be gorgeous, and I can't wait to see that wallpaper on the ceiling!

Polly said...

Goodness gracious you have been busy!!!! Love the brick painted! Love it so much!!

That mirror is TO.DIE.FOR.!!! Is that blue the original patina? Wowza!!

Red Gate Farm said...

Your mantle was beautiful last year but I think I'm going to like it better as painted brick! I wanted to do that in our last house but never got up the courage!

It's kind of interesting how that paint color can look different like that... hmmm....

Looking forward to the finished project!
Chris

Kelli Wright said...

Cindy, Thank you so much for coming over to my blog. I hope you can come to my linky party next week! I'm coming to yours on Monday!! Blessings to you and your sweet cottage family:)
Kelli

FairfieldHouse said...

Cindy,

You are a brave woman. I love it! The couple that lived in the Fairfield House before us had a love for sage green and painted every piece of my thick substantial molding and fireplaces. I am going to paint over it after the holidays.

Your Friend,
Deborah

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

You mentioned sparkly nuts in your last post. I done think you went sparkly nuts lady. Love your ambition. You do truly inspire me to work harder on pursuing my vision around here. Keep it up baby. You do know if we were able to procreate - you and I - we'd birth the most perfect woman alive. Just sayin.

Cathy Cobblestone said...

I love the white - I would have painted it too! Whichever way you decide to go - I think the white/canvas colors suite you. Can't wait to see when you get it all done! It is gonna be gorgeous!

Amy Kinser said...

I think it looks great painted. And, that mirror looks like a beauty. Good luck with your work the next couple of days. I know you can't wait to get done and just sit back and enjoy it all.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

Whew! I'm tired just reading about all that work! I'll be saying a few extra prayers for ya this weekend chick-a-roo! Whatever you do, I know it will be beautiful,njust like all of your fabulous project!

Deb said...

Your fireplace is going to look so good Cindy...you will love it! Sounds like your whole house is getting a makeover...can't wait to see it all! ~Deb~

Kom Achterom said...

ooh nice!! the light colour! mij fireplace was evenso brick but i have plasted it. now its so nice with the rest of the wals.
i wish you a nice job!
happy weekend
Yolanda

elise said...

What an amazing difference ! I really love the look or the canvas color with the white grout. Just beautiful!

elise

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I just love painted brick! SO worth it!

Claudia said...

Hey Cindy,

I think it was just the right thing to do, my friend. It looks so much better, in my humble opinion. Good for you!

xo
Claudia

~ Regan said...

Oh I can't wait to see it! I know it is going to look SO GOOD! ;)

Also, Love what you did to that mirror! I adore it either way, you know... But I just love the treatment, it gives it more OOmph!

Jenn McArthur said...

I like the brick, but the painted version is going to look fabulous too. I think you were in a "can't go wrong" situation, no matter what you did. I'm pretty excited to see the room finished.

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kristina said...

If in doubt paint it!
Well that's what i always say,it looks fabulous so far,can't wait to see it finished,
Love Kristina x

Serendipity Chic Decor said...

It looks great....You did the right thing. I ironically painted and posted about the brick wall I just painted last week. Can't wait to see what you do with yours for the holidays....

Have a good weekend.

Lisa

Ticking and Toile said...

Yep, you gotta paint it! I'd be the exact same way. The brick's nice but it needs to be painted. Just like my chairs. Lovely patina on the antique ladderback chairs but ~ um ~ needs to be painted. Sad but true. :) Funny, kindred spirits, huh ~ on the whole craigslist thing!! I was about to shoot MYSELF! Good grief, I'm lucky I have such a tolerant husband!

xo,
Shellagh

p.s. Can't wait to see the beadboard ceiling!!

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Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Last years was gorgeous but something tells me this year will be amazing after you have it all painted!
XO
Kristin

MamaMimi said...

LOVE the paint choices...the finished product looks great! So I am re-visiting this post for like the 10,000th time b/c we are talking about painting ours. We have a pot-belly stove (black) right in front of it...so I am staying away from plain white b/c I think it would outdate it....like this look. What did you do to get the textured look on each individual brick?? Would love to hear from you...
bringourangelhome@gmail.com
Thanks!

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