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January 6th, 2014

I mentioned that I had whitewashed my fireplace, but I’m still not sure I like it. Here is the fireplace before:

fireplace 002

In another time, when the house was first built, what is now our dining room was done in dark wood paneling, with these shelving units also a dark, coffee brown. The previous owners painted all of the paneling all over the house in either cream or white and also these shelves, but the left the brick alone. I didn’t necessarily hate the dark brick – part of me actually liked the contrast in the brick to the lighter colors of the room – but part of me also wanted to do something to update the look of the fireplace. Maybe it is just that I watch too many home improvement shows.

I had the paint already so it wasn’t so hard to mix up a bit with water and get to work. And here is what it looks like now:

fireplace 005

It didn’t come out exactly as I had envisioned. I only did one coat so wasn’t expecting it to be quite so opaque – I thought that as dark as the brick was to start, that it would absorb more of the paint and the pattern to show through a bit more. I am going to live with it a bit more to see if the look grows on me, but I’ve already got an idea of how I could perhaps add a bit of distressing to the paint with a wire brush… Not to mention the fact that I will almost certainly end up painting the fireplace insert a brushed nickel…

I’m wonder if all this worry over the color brickwork is simply a symptom of cabin fever…

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2 comments to “Interim”

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    Wow! What a difference! I did something similar in another lifetime – and distressed the brick with a wire brush. It worked out great. I know what you mean about cabin fever – lots gets done when you’re trapped inside…

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