After months of indecision and a fair bit of apathy… or maybe it was just plain old avoidance? (To be fair to us there were so many other nagging little DIY jobs on the list) Anyway, we finally got around to painting our crumbly old, red brick fireplace, white. Guys, it’s absolutely transformed the room!! If any of you are on the fence about doing it, like we were, consider this the gentle nudge you need and go for it!
Because our little home used to be a coach house and was only developed into actual living space (for humans, not horses) in the mid-’50s, its layout is a little quirky, let’s say…
For example, there is a second bedroom plonked into one corner of the main living space downstairs (can’t wait to knock the walls down and open it up into one big space!) with the rest of the space forming an L shape around this spare bedroom (or, currently – office). It means that the part of the room reserved for lounging and cosying up in front of the fire is long and really narrow – just a bit of a nightmare when it came to furnishing it. It also means that the fireplace intrudes into what is an already narrow space and even though the space obviously isn’t any larger, after a quick lick of paint – it definitely feels that way.
The fact that the fireplace is now the same colour as the floors, has opened the space up in a huge way – nifty colour trick or not, I’ll take it!
Without any further waffling, here is the space before painting. As you can see the bricks are a mess and the back of the fire was pretty grim after years of fires from the old stove that was here before our shiny new Arada;
Honestly, I’m in love – I keep walking into the room and stopping to stare at it for a second all *heart-eyed*.
Also, whilst on the subject of things that make me go heart-eyed, I just found this amongst fireplace pics… You’re welcome.
I mean, this is all pretty basic stuff but here’s a step by step breakdown;
Just to clarify, this post is NOT sponsored, or anything like that but after months of renovation and countless hours spent painting a whole multitude of surfaces (again and again), let’s just say we definitely appreciate paint that has this kind of finish after one coat so will happily shout about it!
It’s not cheap and you can only buy it in massive 5ltr tins but it’s so, so worth it! The white is the perfect shade of white, with just enough warmth in it so that the bricks really settle into their surroundings, colour wise. Before we cracked it open we were slightly worried that it might be similar to brilliant white (with a slightly blue, jarring undertone) but it’s perfect.
Anyone else staring at some ugly bricks and tempted to grab a paintbrush? Let me know if you need any more persuasion! I’m kicking myself that we didn’t do it sooner!
Now, I just need to convince Dan that the walls in the conservatory need doing too…
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