I don't really have a lot to show you. I was busy all day. Early in the day, I braved the cold, cloudy, foggy weather and cut the baseboard and the quarter round for the hallway. I painted it. do I have it installed? NO! You know how it is, things don't always turn out the way we want. I worked on the fireplace while the paint dried. Late in the evening I decided to try to get it put down before I went to bed, but it wasn't to be. Can you believe it grew? yeppers! I fitted it in the morning, and in the evening, 2 pieces were too long. It was too cold, and dark to cut it, and the battery died on my nail gun. It wasn't meant to be, so here I sit blogging!
I painted two coats of Kilz on the brick of the fireplace (above the mantel). I also painted two coats of Kilz on my new mantel!
I have the light fixtures loosened from the wall so I can paint around them. I may change them out, but I'm not sure yet. I will definitely change the globes on them. New fixtures may have to wait till my budget allows such a purchase.
I'm not sure if you can tell by the photos, but the firebox of this fireplace is huge! And, off center. We had this fireplace built when Jamie was an infant, 27 years ago. I have no idea why it is off center, even more so, why I never noticed it until today.
I still don't know what I'm going to do with the hearth. At the very least, paint. I would love to have tile put down, but not at this time. Any ideas?
The above photo is from The Lettered Cottage. I am drawing inspiration from their fireplace. Do you see how they have the detail on the facade? I want detail, but I'm not sure I want it to be so chunky.
I'm thinking I like something more like this. I like the trim on this fireplace. See the hearth? It's a lot like mine in height and width. I would like to add the wood to the front of my hearth the way they have here. I like the way they both have the original brick around the firebox. I can't decide whether I want to paint mine or not. I'm going to test drive it with the original brick, and maybe that will help me make up my mind.
Paint Brick Fireplace
I have sort of framed out the sides. I usually don't have a difficult time making decisions, but this is another test drive. Here you can see that the wood goes up beside the end of the mantel on both sides.
I'm thinking of adding the trim on these sides, like one of the photos above.
Any ideas about the firebox? Do you think I should paint it? If so, what color? I plan to remove the gas logs. I hope to put a candle display there instead.
This seems like it is taking forever! My house is turned upside down! Louie (the grandog) is scared of his own shadow. He jumps and runs every time I make any noise. Poor baby, he's been through so much in his lifetime!
Thanks to everyone for their kind words and advice! Ya'll are the B-E-S-T!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.