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This Unexpected Colorful Painted Brick Fireplace Makeover Will Make You Smile

If you’re thinking a bold, colorfully painted brick fireplace makeover 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 – what better than a painted brick fireplace makeover!

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 embark on my painted brick fireplace makeover, 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 Makeover

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
  • Painted brick fireplace makeover

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

Budget:

MaterialCost
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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How to Update a Thrift Store Console Cabinet (for almost nothing!)

Update a thrift store console cabinet with chalk paint for an instant, new look! 

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Welcome back to the third week of the $100 Room Challenge, hosted by the lovely Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry! So, we’re halfway through this challenge, and so far all I’ve got to show for it is a great plan, a hairpin legged coffee table, and a lengthy to-do list with only a few things checked off!  This week we’re checking a few more off.  We’re talking end tables, or more specifically, console cabinets! Ready? Let’s go! 

console cabinet- old end table

THE PROBLEM – SMALL END TABLES

In my original plan (and on my to-do list) I’d wanted to do something fun and different with our existing end tables. But when I got started, I realized the tables hadn’t been working for the past ten years, not for how they looked, but because they were too small, too short and had no storage. Soo.. instead of giving them a makeover, I took them out of the room which had NOT been in the original plan but made the most sense. Sometime’s it’s okay to go from three end tables to NO end tables!

THE SOLUTION – A CONSOLE CABINET!

“No end tables” wasn’t going to work either, but with just $70 to spend and shelves still to build, adding new tables isn’t an option. Thankfully, I’m a bit of a hoarder collector and have way too much stuff hanging around – like this adorable little console cabinet.

console cabinet - before

 

I purchased this cute console cabinet at a thrift store a few years ago for $25, brought it home and slapped some red paint on it. The design is somewhat farmhouse, which isn’t so much me, but at the time I was searching for my style and red is my favorite color! I loved the ample space for hidden storage, and before our foyer-makeover, the console cabinet held center court at the front door and held our winter hats and gloves.

Since then it’s been floating around my house searching for a purpose – at least until now!

console cabinet-before-show other side of doors

The console cabinet had a whole lot going for it:

  • height
  • width
  • storage

The red paint and the farmhouse design had to go, but that was easy peasy to change.

FROM FARMHOUSE TO VINTAGE MODERN

I started out giving it a good cleaning. To change up the farmhouse design I flipped the doors over and relocated the hardware. Then, I gave it a coat of Rustoleum “Chalked” paint in Linen White.

console cabinet - paint can

Like most chalk finishes, this one doesn’t require a primer or any prep work, other than cleaning before applying. I like to have a can around the house pretty much all of the time! I followed up with a coat of Minwax Finishing Wax for protection.

console cabinet - painting

I’ll add new hardware in the future, but for now,  I gave the existing knobs a quick coat of gold metallic paint.

console cabinet - hardware painting

The console cabinet slid right into place and is just the right height and weight for our large roll arm sofa.  The cabinet acts as both storage for remotes and our Wii U console, as well as an end table – multi-purpose is the best!

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With a few fun accents from around the house, it’s the perfect side table for our new living room!

console cabinet - plant accent

console cabinet - plant with print

OTHER UPDATES

As for the other end table, I did some more shopping around the house. I picked up this ceramic garden stool for a steal many summers ago. It’s another piece that moves around the house from room to room, but I think it’s found a permanent home as well! At first, I was going to paint it cream but decided the red was just a little bit unexpected and will keep the room from looking too matchy-matchy.

console cabinet -garden stool

I’ve managed to get a few other things done – The lamps might look a little different – I’ll be sharing more on those early next week.

console cabinet - lamp

I also finished something else that I’ll be sharing tomorrow – eek! I’m so excited about this one! PS. It wasn’t on the list, but I am happy I did it anyway! I hope you’ll drop by.

console cabinet - final

WHERE WE STAND

Before you go, let’s take a look at where we’re at with both the budget and the TO-DO list:

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

The budget remains the same – I had everything on hand for this one. Yay!

Budget:

MaterialCost
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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How to Paint Plexiglass for Disc Pendant Lighting

Looking for pendant lighting ideas? Love Regina Andrews Chandeliers? Give a thrift store chandelier new life and a high-end, mid-century look, with a cheap, easy, DIY project using acrylic discs and nail polish!

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During our recent Foyer make-over, I went on a mad hunt for eye-catching pendant lighting ideas. I wanted something with color and with a definite presence.

Pendant Lighting-Colorful modern budget foyer makeover
 Foyer Makeover |Painted Stairs

After a bit of research, I found a gorgeous chandelier from Regina Andrews in tones of blue and seafoam and some beautiful examples of vintage Murano glass chandeliers made in a Vistiso style. Vintage Vistosi pieces from the 1960s and 70s go for anywhere between $700 and $4000 at auction. Incredible to look at, but far out of my price range. Believe it or not, these works of art are also super simple (and cheap) to hack, using an eye-sore brass chandelier found in every thrift store, nail polish and acrylic discs!

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A little bit of trivia about Vistosi:  Guglielmo Vistosi founded the Murano, Italy glass and lighting manufacturer in 1945. With a history in glass making dating back to the 16th century, the Vistosi family has passed its secrets for beautiful glass making from generation to generation and has established its place in the Venitian artistic glass world – a brand known to combine exquisite style and classic design.  Lucky us, Vistosi continues to give the world beautiful glass and lighting creations to this day.

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So, after that fun tidbit of info, how did I DIY this high-end, mid-century-looking lighting masterpiece? Easy. Peasy.

 

Easy. Peasy.

10 Steps to Gorgeous DIY Acrylic-Disc Pendant Lighting

You will need:

An 80s Glass Panel Chandelier frame with arms – you can find this at any thrift store for around $5!
2 per arm – I used 20 – 4″ Diameter, 1/8″ thick Acrylic Discs – single pre-drilled hole
2 per arm – I used 20 – 4″ Diameter, 1/8″ thick Acrylic Discs – double pre-drilled hole
Nail polish in white 
Nail polish – two shades – dark and light – in the same color family
20 – Metal connector rings
Needle-nose pliers

Here’s what you will do:

  1. Install your light frame. Be safe – if you aren’t familiar with electrical work, or even aren’t completely comfortable, hire a professional to help you.
  2. Install light bulbs – be sure to use new low-heat light bulbs! I used these which are bright, energy-efficient, and unlike some low-energy bulbs, have no delay when lighting.
  3. Remove the paper backing from the discs.
  4. Carefully dribble a thin line of the dark and light colored nail polishes in a circular pattern starting from the outside edge of the disc toward the center.
  5. Working from the outside in toward the center, using the nail polish brush, firmly move the polish around in a wide swirl pattern.
  6. Carefully dribble a thin line of white nail polish in a circular pattern starting from the center working outward to the outside edge, stopping 2″ from the edge.
  7. Working from the inside out, using the nail polish brush, firmly swirl the white polish in a wide swirl pattern.
  8. Allow the discs to dry.
  9. Connect a double-hole disc to a single hole disc using the wire connectors.
  10. Hang one double-disc strand from each frame arm.

Stand back in amazement at your DIY talents!

Prefer a visual? Here’s a picture tutorial.

DIY Modern Pendant Lighting

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So it’s even easier for you, I’ve made a downloadable copy available to you and my subscribers that you can access here.

My DIY high-end look, mid-century-style pendant lighting is the first thing people see when they enter our home; A perfect focal point that always garners compliments and questions. I’m so happy with the results and am even more thrilled with how much it cost to DIY!

glass panel chandelier makeover

 

So, what do you think? Is it perfect for your home, too? If you think it is, please, let me know how your project goes and if you have any questions!

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