When we purchased our first home it wasn't exactly my style. Especially the den. The fireplace is the first thing you see when you walk in the door and what did we see? Ugly brick next to a tan wall. I couldn't have that for long.
I don't even know how to begin with all the ways this isn't me. It's fine, and I'm sure it appealed to some buyers, but it was one of our first projects in the new house.
What's the easiest and cheapest way to make an impact? PAINT!!! We headed for Lowes and asked the best way to paint brick. They directed us to a primer which they tinted in our color and a topcoat. We got one quart of each and we really could have used more of the primer.
I say, make a statement with your fireplace. It's the heart of your home and the focal point of the room so you can really make it a statement.
I picked teal for the fireplace. I love it!
This was nice but I didn't love it. The scale seemed wrong on the mantle so it had to go. It was attached with wood "posts" in holes in the brick. We could slide the mantle off which revealed these two big holes. So, we sawed (is that a word, sawed?) off the wood posts on the back of the mantle and stuck them back in the holes. Then, sealed around them and painted over it. You have to really be looking to see it.
A quick trip to Pier One and we found 3 pieces of metal to hang. A new fireplace screen from Crate and Barrel and it's looking better. (This is a Christmas Picture- the cone trees are not always there).
That's nice but still not great. I hated the wall faux finish... just didn't work for me. So, another LONG day and we painted the den. Now the fireplace really stands out. Perfect.
Hmmmm, only perfect for a little white. We have since stained the concrete, gotten a new rug, gotten new sofa and re-arranged. But that's another story for another day.