And here it is after the moulding project.
I loved the picture frame moulding but I still had no real decorating direction (or furniture). The orange-y red brick fireplace just never seemed to blend. And maybe that was throwing me off? So one day after a Pinterest perusal I decided to paint the brick black! (You can check out my Pinterest inspirations for the fireplace and the whole room here.)
I used what I had: Annie Sloan Graphite Chalk Paint. I painted the first coat alternating between a regular sash brush and a round chalk paint brush to get in all the nooks and crannies of the brick. Before the second coat I got smart and thinned out the paint a bit so the coverage was MUCH easier and faster! If you attempt a project like this, thinning the paint is key.
I am so pleased with our new fireplace! The black brick feels so much more sophisticated. But the fireplace looked so lonely without any furniture flanking it. I thought about constructing built-in shelving on either side but finally decided to pick up two Ikea Vittsjo units instead! So much faster and inexpensive at $70 a pop.
Vittsjo looks super cute in gold or turquoise but I actually like the natural finish in this room. I have a lot of fun
These wood finials were once antique table legs. I scored those from my friend Terry who is a dealer at Sweet Clover. He always has the best salvaged stuff. I also sprayed the thrifted faux bamboo mirror white to complete the mantel.
Of course I included pics of my favorite little ones and I finally have place to display my decorating and crafting books.
The rest of the room is also undergoing a little makeover which is not quite ready yet. A little teaser: the color scheme is based on the table runner visible on the bottom right of the photo above. (YES it includes pink!)
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