I have a bad attitude about my living room right now…the color is getting on my nerves (it’s been the same color for 4+years; I’ve never loved it, but for some reason, now I can’t stand it). I hate the window coverings, but we aren’t going to be changing those. And the fireplace…
I planned to use the same paint that we’d used in the bathroom last year to just spruce up the walls a bit, but it turns out that though the color looks rich and warm in the bathroom, it looks cold and gray in the living room. Which won’t do. So I’m off to find a suitable paint color here in a bit. Looking for a very neutral creamy color.
In the meantime, take a look at my ugly fireplace. The mantle is ugly. The brick is ugly (Bennett commented the other day that I should “wash the bird poop off the fireplace”…he’s referring to the white bricks on the hearth). I do like the mirror we put up there and the sconces aren’t my favorite but I don’t hate them.
There’s a Home Depot commercial that plays on HGTV right now where they tile the fireplace and it looks amazing. If we were staying here forever, I’d consider doing something like that but it’s probably out of the question in this house. I *may* have talked my dad into rebuilding our mantle to modernize it a bit with some crown molding and a new top.
I generally keep the mantle loaded with photos and such because I think that minimizes the draw of your eye to the mantle, but I’m wanting to change that if we get a new one.
What would you do to this fireplace if you were me and didn’t want to spend a ton of money on this? I’m not 100% opposed to painting the brick, but I’m also not sure about that. If this was a cool blog, I’d be like asking for design submissions, and then I’d pick a winner, and you’d get a great prize. But this isn’t that blog. So just leave me a comment with your brilliant ideas, k?