It’s moving day!!! But first…. gotta paint that fireplace! Whenever you move into a new house, it’s important to prioritize your tasks. It’s difficult to find the best solutions for storage right off the bat so it takes time to figure out the best home for everything you own. For us functionality was the biggest priority. We decided what we needed to get done first in order to have our household up and running as soon as possible. Since neither of us could take off of work for this transition, we knew that for the first week or so we would come home from work to a list of chores. It was important for us to have a place to decompress and relax at the end of the long day of work and unpacking. For us the living room is where we go to put our feet up and relax; so that is where we started. This was April of 2015. Apologies for the not so great images. We had no intention of starting a blog at that point and were just documenting our progress.
The very first time I even saw photos of our house, I knew that I wanted to paint the fireplace. The original brick was so dirty and dark that it made our already small living room feel even smaller. We knew that since this rooms dimensions are so tight there was really only one furniture configuration that would work, which meant placing the TV over the fireplace- making that wall the focal point.
My techy, husband, eager to get our home “connected” jumped on painting the fireplace so that we could get the TV mounted ASAP.
What we used:
- Wire brush
- Household cleaning vinegar and water solution
He first removed that mantle that was awkward and placed way too high. He then used the wire brush to brush off all loose debris and dirt. Then he mixed a vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle to sprits and used a rag to wipe off the excess dirt and grime.
(A quick shout out to my father-in-law who helped us move in and helped Cole with this project. Thanks for your help!!!)
Next, it was time to prime the surface. He used a roller with 1-1/4″ nap for the face of the brick then a thick brush to get into the nooks and crannies of the brick and mortar. Ask your local paint supply store for the best roller covers for masonry. They will be able to point you in the right direction. After the primer had dried he applied the first coat of paint. Then the second, and presto!!
We found this really awesome reclaimed wood dealer called Elmwood Reclaimed Timber, where we got our mantle. Check out their website here. They have a lot of really awesome products that all have a little piece of history. We loved this idea for our first home that has a little history of its own.
Later on down the road we changed out the molding on either side of the fire place. We opted for a thicker sized molding so that we could tuck our TV chords behind it. Also, almost two years later we painted the living room. Here is what this wall looks like after we finished it. Since space is a challenge we decided to go with a lighter paint color so we picked Icy Avalanche from Sherwin-Williams. We wanted our wall where our fireplace is to stand out a bit since it is the focal point, so we decided to make it an accent wall. We picked a color two shades darker than the Icy Avalanche to add just a touch of contrast; Sherwin-Williams Modernist Gray. You can see more photos of this room in our home tour.
Also meet our 6 yr old Great Dane/ Boxer Mix, Damon aka Damon-dog.