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This Unexpected Colorful Painted Brick Fireplace Will Make You Smile

Posted in LIVING ROOM, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, PAINT TREATMENTS
on January 20, 2018

If you’re thinking a bold, colorfully painted brick fireplace may be just the focal point your room needs but are afraid to take the painting plunge, fear not. This painting project is one that is well worth the risk! 

painted brick fireplace

You guys, I’m SO excited about today’s post that I’m posting it early! If you follow along with me, you’ll know I’m currently smack-dab in the middle of the $100 Room Challenge, hosted by the talented Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry! So, it’s week four and I’m knee deep in sawdust and drills, trying to get my shelving unit finished in time! So far I’ve shared my plan, made a hairpin legged coffee table for less than $40, and came up with a new-to-me end table solution, leaving me with a to-do list with fewer things checked off than I’d like. However, we’re in the home stretch. And then, I decided to make things interesting by adding something to my list rather than subtracting –  how about a painted brick fireplace makeover!

I knew when I started the living room that I’d need to do something with the painted brick fireplace.

painted brick fireplace - before

The color and texture I’d painted years before just didn’t gel with the new design, and it was bugging me. It was time for something new, and I was thinking bold, blue and beautiful! At least until I started thinking about it.

painted brick fireplace - before inside

SECOND GUESSING

Do you ever have a tough time trusting your instincts? I do, ALL the time.  When it comes to decorating, I love color and drama. I know this about myself, and I my “design self.” So, why oh why, do I sometimes go in the complete opposite direction with simple and neutral and ‘safe’ design choices? Why?

When I decided to paint the fireplace, my first thought was to go big (and bold) or to go home. Then, I decided something light, something safe and something “grown-up” would give me more flexibility; sophisticated gray tones. I painted the entire fireplace front, but when I stood back and looked at it, it didn’t give me that feeling of glee I get when I walk into a room that is my idea of perfect. The gray was just okay – it had little impact on me at all, which is the exact opposite of what I wanted it to do. I wanted the fireplace to pop and immediately draw your eye, but instead, the feature just faded into the background.

TAKING A CHANCE

For a day or so, I just thought about what to do. My first idea to go bold and bright, cementing the fireplace as the focal point of the room – I was nervous that it wouldn’t work.

painted brick fireplace - testing

Finally, after stewing about it, I just went ahead and painted a section of bricks to see how it would look. That small part saturated with color.. it was something! Something colorful and beautiful and so not like anything I’ve seen.

painted brick fireplace - painting

The next thing I knew, I’d painted my brick fireplace blue. Yes, BLUE, and I LOVE IT! It makes me smile every time I walk in the room, and I’m so glad I followed my instincts. Not only is the fireplace more updated, but it’s also the focal point I was looking for, AND it’s the anchor that brings everything else together. I get this might not be everyone’s idea of perfect, but luckily I’m the only one who has to live here – and it makes my heart pitter-pat every time I see it!

painted brick fireplace - side view

For those of you thinking of taking your brick fireplace to a bolder place, here’s how I did it!

How-to: Painted Brick Fireplace

You’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Before you start, give the brick a thorough cleaning with TSP or another non-sudsing household cleaner to ensure your paint adheres properly. Rinse and let dry. Tape off the edges for a clean look.

painted brick fireplace - paint for inside

Use the spray paint on the inside of the fireplace. Dry.

I had already painted my fireplace so was able to skip priming. If your fireplace is unpainted, apply an oil-based primer, with a brush or paint roller. If using a roller, you’ll want one with a high nap for rough surfaces. Consider using the cheapest one you can find – brick is not kind to paintbrushes or rollers.  Apply following the instructions on the paint can. Dry.

Apply your paint. It is easiest to use the small paint brush to cover the mortar lines and edges, then to go back with a 1″ brush to fill in. I needed one full coat of paint with a second touch-up coat. Behr paint is my FAVORITE for that reason – it has excellent almost one-coat coverage!

Remove your painter’s tape and enjoy the new look of your fireplace!

painted brick fireplace - cute accents

Whether you’re a seasoned decorator or home design is new to you, be bold with your choices. Take risks with paint – paint isn’t expensive or permanent, and it doesn’t require a tremendous amount of effort to apply – even on a fireplace! Take a chance on bringing your vision to life. Be fearless. What you will end up with is a home design that will be entirely you, with features that will make your heart pitter-pat every time you walk by!

Let’s take a quick look at our list of things to finish and our budget!

TO-DO LIST:

  • Update the coffee table
  • Give the lamps a make-over
  • Replace the end tables
  • Replace the large painting over the sofa with something more contemporary
  • “Build-in” the shelving
  • Update or add new accents and artwork throughout the room

* Paint the fireplace!

Still the same. Again, I had everything I needed – I LOVE it when that happens!

Budget:

Material Cost
Hairpin Legs for table $30
Total Remaining $70

Remember, I’ll be back next week with another update – only two weeks to go! Need a refresher on where we started? Check here!

1-The Plan | Week 2 | Week 3| Week 4| Reveal

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Be sure to check out the other participants of this month’s $100 Room Challenge. There is some serious talent in this group!


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How to make a statement with a DIY Stencil Wallpaper – $100 Room Challenge Week 3

Posted in BATHROOMS, PAINT TREATMENTS, tutorial
on January 19, 2017

Create a bold statement in your small modern bathroom with a DIY stencil and paint treatment that anyone can make with just a home printer!

DIY Stencil Pin

 

Hi, friends! It’s week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge, and I’m behind! If you’re joining in for the first time, be sure to pop over to week one for the full lowdown on the $100 Room Challenge! The quick and dirty version? Pick a room. Make the room over in one month. Spend no more than $100. Huge thanks to Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for putting together such a fun event!

 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

I’ve chosen to make-over my, more than neglected, powder room. The first week I shared my inspiration board which included a lot of bold navy and green pattern with strong accents. Last week, I talked about my inability to trust my fearless instincts, taking the safe way out and eventually making my way back to bold, which left off with me stenciling a bold navy pattern. Here’s the thing. I didn’t like the pattern. Upon walking into the bathroom to work on it, and I’d just keep making that same meh sound. If I continued I’d eventually end up hating it, so I just sat on it, surfing the web looking for inspiration. Then, one night, I came across this loveliness from Caitlin Wilson, and for the first time since the beginning, I was really and truly excited rather than trying to get myself excited!

Source – Caitlin Wilson Navy Spotted Wallpaper

The wallpaper itself was a bit pricey for this challenge, so, I decided to come up with a different solution, mimicking the pattern. Here is what I did.

How to Create a bold statement with an easy printed DIY stencil


First, I printed off a copy of the pattern, printing it over 3×3 8.5″x11″ sheets of printer paper. I matched up the pattern then used a sharp utility knife to cut a hole in the paper pattern on each mark, using a bigger hole for the larger dots.

DIY Stencil wallpaper with paint
Then, I taped the stencil on the wall, and used a washable marker to mark each splotch , creating a larger circle to signify the larger splotches.

When done, I painted each blue mark with the same “Compass Blue” used on the vanity using a 1″ brush, following up with a small paintbrush to smooth things over and to add dots in a random pattern. Yes, that is my son’s paintbrush. It’s perfect for the job – no judging!



To finish things off, I added a piece of 1.5″ chair rail.

 

I’m so glad I continued my search for a look that I love, and I can’t get over how easy it was to achieve!

As for the challenge, that’s one thing off the list! Actually a few – believe it or not, that is our original wood framed mirror with a silver – err aluminum foil – leaf finish. Take a look at how I finished it off!

The vanity also received a quick paint job using my new favorite paint, Behr Marquee, in “Compass Blue” eggshell finish (one coat, y’all!). New ultra sleek and modern pulls and a quick spray paint of the hinges with Rustoleum Silver in a hammer finish completed the update.

I still have a TON to do but I’m feeling happy about how it’s looking so far, and I’m confident that I’ll finish on time! Let’s check our progress:

TODO LIST

  1. Add some bold pattern to the walls.
  2. Find a better solution for toothbrushes and hand towels.
  3. Organize
  4. Change the artwork
  5. Replace the trash can, toothbrush holder, and towel bar.
  6. Create storage for hair products.
  7. Consider replacing the rug
  8. Change the lighting
  9. Paint the vanity
  10. Update the mirror

So.. maybe I’m not feeling so confident after all. Eek! Lucky for me I am a craft and building supply hoarder, so even if I’m not optimistic about getting it all done, I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to stay in budget. I hope.

Want to see where we started? You can check here!

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

My current budget:
First week: $0
Second Week: Stencil:  $12
Third Week: Behr Marquee Paint Sample $4
Door Pulls $12
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$72
Make sure to stop by next week for the BIG REVEAL! Wish me luck, and be sure to check out the progress of my friends and their make-overs!

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Faux Barn Wood Accent Wall – A tutorial

Posted in BATHROOMS, DECOR, DIY, PAINT TREATMENTS
on March 3, 2015
 Happy Monday, friends, new and old! If you are new here, please consider following along on FacebookPinterest, Bloglovin or Google+ !!
 Paint your wall to look like barn wood
I hope you had a great weekend and kept warm! Lucky us, the sun finally peeked out, and we were able to spend a bit of time outside. There was a lot of squinting, and a bit of disorientation, as though we’d been in a cave for a bit of time, but we managed to adapt and get a bit of running around out of our systems.
I’m a sucker for a sunny day and cute boys in red crocs
But, back at the homestead.. a bit more bathroom love! So, last we talked, we had just finished up the tiling in the tub area.
We are still thrilled to bits with the outcome – the bathtub area is the “new” prettiest part of our house –  but the fresh look made everything else in the room look dated and less than dazzling. On top of that, the monstrosity of a tub was a focal point hog. We needed a bit of balance in the room. And, we needed to get rid of the ugly builder grade mirror. Stat.
I had come across this inspiration shot and fell instantly in love. It was perfect for over our small sink area!
Chevron @ Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles via homebunch.com
The only problem is, one, we don’t have a wide area that would allow us to repeat the pattern, and two, I’m a fickle creature. My mind and tastes change so rapidly that to commit to a full wall of either more tiling (the horrors!) or a true barn wood application just wasn’t going to happen. Enter a faux application.
The background had already been painted earlier with our room color, Valspar City Snow. I began by taping off the area I would be painting. I only wanted to paint above the sink, to the ceiling, so, my tape ran straight up to the crown molding. Then, I drew a line down the center of the taped section.

 

Paint your wall to look like barn wood planks - Prepping the wall
My plan was to create the barn wood look first, then add the faux board or grout lines in afterward.
Lucky for Lowes/Home Depot that I’m so indecisive me, I had a bazillion sample size paints in a myriad of gray, white, and taupe from that time we painted the office and couldn’t decide on a color. I’d show you the office, but I have a kid-who’s-returned-to-the-flock living in it – that’s a story for another day. I ended up primarily using white, straight from the can, plus four shades:
I accented (for more depth and texture) with a bit of black and a touch of blue-gray, Valspar Autumn Fog.

To create the barn wood look, I used a 2″ brush, and layered the paint in different and alternating colors at an approximately 45-degree angle, in 4″ sections, starting from the center line and working out. I used a mostly dry brush, meaning, I did have some paint on my brush, but a lot less than if I were painting a solid color. I didn’t measure it but instead just eyeballed it. I tried to keep the lines somewhat even, but in reality, it wasn’t imperative if they were or not at this point, meaning it didn’t matter if the outside points matched on either side. It was, however, important not to follow a pattern with color for a natural look.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Once I applied the color portion, I went back over it with white, straight from the can, and used a dry brush technique to just lightly blend the colors, adding striations of black and gray where needed to add dimension.  Love Grows Wild has a great, full, tutorial on how to paint with the dry brush technique.
The general idea is to use a tiny amount of paint, dipping only the tips of your brush, then dabbing the brush on either a paper towel or the paint lid to remove any excess before applying it to your surface. You don’t want to cover your surface, just add color and texture strategically, using short, quick brush strokes. For this purpose, especially when applying the white, I found it helpful to add a line of color, then “feather” the line in the opposite direction, using short, light strokes. This kept the line but softened the edge, which is what I wanted.
In truth, there isn’t a right or wrong way to do this, so, just keep layering the paint and blending until you get the result you want.

Here was my finished result, before adding the board/grout lines.

After allowing the paint to dry overnight, it was time to apply the board lines. I used 2.5″ blue tape to mimic the width of an actual board. Beginning at the bottom, I taped out from the center to the outside edge, following the direction of the painted surface underneath. I didn’t measure the gaps in between but did my best to keep them even. I did have to go back afterward and adjust the lines by just adding a line of tape to adjust the gap. I didn’t worry about leaving a gap for the center line – I planned to paint that by hand afterward.

 

At some point during all this taping, I looked back to find I had a helper. Artist in the making for sure! If you’re ever in need of some assistance during your painting project, we do hire him out. 🙂

Originally, I had wanted to use a dark grout in the tub area, but once the tiling was done, I decided against it for various reasons. This area, however, seemed like it would be a perfect place to implement that look. So, once the taping was in place, I only painted over the lines with our darkest color, Behr Amazon Stone. Normally when painting lines, you would be sure to apply a coat of the base color to prevent bleeding, but in this case, I was all right with a little bleed through, as I was going to apply a white wash over the lines anyway. If you are concerned about pristine lines though, be sure first to apply your base color, then your accent color. For further explanation, take a look here.

When the paint was nearly dry, I removed the tape. Sure enough, there was a bit of bleed through, but it only added to the result, appearing like chips were missing in the boards. I added the line down the center by hand.

Finally, I again applied the dry brush technique over the lines using plain white, to soften them and fade them in places. I also touched up and added a bit of texture where needed.

We were done with painting.

To finish up, we added a .5″ piece of trim from the top of the cabinet to the crown molding and caulked around the edges.

And, finally, we added a new oval, tilting mirror and a few fun accessories. Pretend you don’t see that little tidbit of shelf fun to the left.

 

 

 

Not a bad “after,” so far! Obviously, you can see that middle cabinet is some weird, different color to other cabinets. That’s going to need to be taken care toot sweet. There are a handful of small projects left – But, we are thisclose to being done. This close. I’m just so excited we aren’t here any longer!

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