Fireplace Face-Lift

Do you have a fireplace that fades away into the background?  Maybe it needs some coaxing to bring it out of its shell.

 

 

This fireplace mantel was painted out the same color as the wall behind it.  That’s a big no-no in my book.  A mantel is architecture, like trim moulding, and should never be treated like a wall!

Blah Fireplace

A few coats of almost-black paint and a new fireplace insert (no more brass!) changed the whole look and feel of this fireplace surround and mantel.

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Tah-dah!

Now this fireplace has presence in this room – and shouldn’t the fireplace be the focal point anyway?  Above the mantel is always the perfect place for your favorite piece of artwork.

Fireplace After

It just goes to show you what a little paint can do.  This fireplace face-lift is just part of a larger project for a client that I will be sharing with you soon – and it involved LOTS of paint and color.

 Any paint projects going on at your house this weekend?

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amy@maison decor

Love it! I think it is a major improvement~

Alicia
Alicia
8 years ago

I’m going to put the gray mist you recommended on the bedroom walls tomorrow! Can’t wait to see the results.

Kelly Berg
Kelly Berg
8 years ago

What a difference, Kristie. Looks great.

Happy Friday!

Holly
Holly
8 years ago

Oh I love it – I was hoping you would do black and you did! Amazing what a new look you can get on such a statement wall like where the fireplace is just by painting. And of course some great styling of that mantel helps too – it looks awesome Kristie!

Melanie G.
Melanie G.
8 years ago

This is wonderful! I love the transformation.

Hannah Dee
8 years ago

Looking forward to more reveals!

Michelle@Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

What an amazing transformation. You surely have the golden touch!

Warmly, Michelle

kellybean
kellybean
8 years ago

Beautiful! I love it. You’re amazing, Kristie.
I want to find that exact paint color….is it BM Black Bean Soup?
Thanks ♥

RosalindTurner
RosalindTurner
8 years ago

hello Kristie

I have just discovered your website and love it! I live in the UK and think your ideas travel very well and purely by chance we are changing our fireplace so thank you for brilliant inspiration.

RosalindTurner
RosalindTurner
8 years ago

Thanks Kristie for so much tasteful inspiration. The ugly bricks are being banished and I am finally getting a mantelpiece – can’t wait to dress it! Also wood is fast disappearing under fresh new paint, after I got my husband to read your hilarious post about men and wood panelling. He’s a convert and that takes some doing so thank you again. As a matter of interest do you have Farrow and Ball paints in the US?

Teri
8 years ago

Simple and gorgeous! I see your point, it is definitely a focal point! Makes so much sense!

Kelly
8 years ago

What a great transformation! Looks so updated and modern. Great job as usual Kristie!

Lacy
Lacy
8 years ago

Where did you get the fireplace insert? I have one very similar to before the update. I just love the one you picked! Thanks.

Donna Frasca
8 years ago

Way better than the white! Love that color. I painted mine a dark green with gold rubbed into the fluting – pretty!

Lee
Lee
8 years ago

Love your website and decorating solutions. I am especially interested in what you would do to dress up a blah fireplace such as mine. I have just recently purchased the house, and the furniture displayed is from the buyer’s agent.

Not only is the fireplace ‘blah’, but it is on the diagonal. It also wraps around to a formal dining room behind it. I am at a loss as to how to do a layout or paint colors, etc.

Pia
Pia
8 years ago

Great set, I love the way you design the place, it really enhanced it’s beauty .. I wonder how much it cost to have fireplace like that.

Theron Jacobs
7 years ago

That boy on the picture looks like my kid 🙂

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