Ok, so when we moved into our new house, I didn't HATE our fireplace. It was just there. You know the kind. Basic. White. Plain. Nothing special.
See what I mean? Absolutely nothing special. And I didn't really mind that.
That is, until I decided to paint my whole first floor a very light (almost white) grey. And now the fireplace REALLY didn't make a statement. It pretty much was invisible at this point.
But then one day (when I was home sick) I literally got more sick by having to look at this plain ol' white/black box all day. No thanks! I wanted this little corner to make a statement. And thanks to a prescription for prednisone, I had a burst of energy.
Without very little thought about how the final affect would be, I decided to paint our fireplace a dark charcoal grey. (That was my color of choice because I had some Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Charcoal just lying around.)
So, while my husband was putting our babies to sleep. When he went up with the babies, the fireplace was unassuming and white. And when he came back down 40 minutes later, it looked like this...
Well, disclaimer: it took me one more hour to add the wood mantel (which was just from my wood pile and it was actually two pieces back to back.) But I'm happy with the results!
And guess how much this cost? $16! And it makes such a difference.
If you can't tell from the photo, I also decided to paint the surround grey as well. I even thought I would eventually put tile there or maybe paint some kind of design using a stencil, but I love how sleek it looks all grey.
So reminder, here is the before and after:
SEE WHAT I MEAN?! Paint makes all the difference people!