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A Fireplace Re-Do

I just have to share this little remodeling project the hubby and I whipped out during the holidays.  I really hadn't planned to wait until I was in the middle of Christmas decorating to do it, but it just didn't happen before.  Plus we had the paint handy and with both of us working together we knocked it out in just a couple of hours (if that).  

The fireplace in our house is made of brick with a nice wooden mantel and {ugly} brass/glass doors ; however, the brick seemed dated and dirty, the mantel was nondescript and sort of 70's looking--which makes sense because we live in a 70's house--and I just really hated that brass and glass front.  It just needed a fresh look.  My solution: remove the doors and paint it white.  Perfect, I thought since the trim and doors in our house are already white.  I can't tell you how pleased I am!!  I LOVE the way it turned out!!  One of these days I want to add a nice black screen, but for now the old black screen/metal curtain-thingy will have to do:)

Here are a few shots for you:  

Big difference, eh? 

Here it is all decked out for the holidays.

I love the way the candles glow!

We once lived in a {different} house for three years and the whole time we were there I just didn't like the fireplace.  It was a nice brick, but the room was so dated by it.  Looking back I would have been so much happier with it had I just gone for it with the paint.  This time I wasn't going to make the same mistake.  I decided to take that big chance and paint it.  I'm very happy with the decision!  So go and be bold with that big project you're wanting to do:)


Nicole said…
I did the same thing with our fireplace, but actually just painted it a brick red. It was amazing how much better it looked after the paint went on, even though it was basically the same color.
That's awesome! Isn't it amazing what a difference a little paint will do?
Nancy said…
It's beautiful! I'm wishing we had done that in our old house. Glad you got to it right away! :)
Tina Hollenbeck said…
Hi! I'm stopping by from the No More Perfect Moms group - and I'm a homeschooler, too. Looking forward to getting to know you as we all help Jill launch the book. :^)

Best Training said…
It looks perfect! Job well done with your fireplace.
Michele said…
Looks beautiful, Lora! Wow, I need to remember to be brave the next time I live in a house with a standard fireplace!

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