HAPPY FRIDAY! This week has been busy, long and (mostly) productive. Hope yours is going well and that you have amazing plans for the weekend! We are meeting an awesome friend for dinner and haven’t really penciled anything else in. I’m hoping to hit some yard sales though 🙂
As you know I’ve been updating our boring living room over the past week or so. I just finished painting the fireplace.
I love it all crisp white! Before it was very lightly whitewashed by one of the various owners of our house. Unfortunately, the white wash over the original brick gave the whole think a blueish purple hue. It was not good. I procrastinated painting it for almost 2 years. My hubby was not on board with me painting it for some time. He finally agreed it would look better white. That brick was sucking all of the life/light out of this room. Even my paint looks like it’s supposed to now! Grey NOT Blue!! Woop!
Painting the fireplace is a bit tedious but not hard at all.After taping it off, I cleaned it with a dry dust brush, then put two coats of primer on it with a thick nap roller for textures surfaces. I went back through with a paintbrush to get to the deeper grout lines that the roller didn’t touch.
Then I went through with a tube of paintable caulk and filled the especially deep holes in the brick that are naturally there. I did this because if I hadn’t those “holes” look black with the white every where else.
Next, I had to fix the concrete “shelf” that goes all the way across the fireplace. It has a spot where the connecting grout was missing. I filled it with joint mortar (the tube in the picture above) in a tube. It’s sticky but fairly easy to work with. I let it dry then painted out the entire fireplace in Valspar Satin off-the-shelf white. Most people would go with semi-gloss but I didn’t have any on hand and I didn’t really want the fireplace to be super shiny. This way it’s still easy to clean and isn’t over the top sparkly.
Up next is probably the gallery wall around the TV. It needs to be updated! Any thoughts on what I should do to the frames? Leave them and just update the photos, add some prints, etc.?