I painted the brick. There. Go ahead and tell me what a terrible person I am. I can live with it. I could not stand the color of that blasted fireplace. It has been a source of irritation for ages. I have had countless “plans” for it and having a Designer friend over bought it all together one afternoon so much so that I dove in and just did it before I changed my mind.
We were inspired by a rock- Yep. a simple rock sitting on an old buffet waiting to be refreshed and being used as a liquor cabinet in the meantime.
Here is the before and without the teeny tiny mantle… (can you tell my least favorite feature? followed closely by the horrid brick supports…ick)
I vacuumed the whole thing REALLY well and then painted it with fossil paint in Muse. Brick is INCREDIBLY absorbent. I was a little surprised with how much paint I used on that first coat.
It looked like bread. Seriously. Muse is a very neutral beige with a slight green hue. It’s a fabulous color- just not on my fireplace all alone. That’s ok though.. it work great for my master plan…
I mixed a custom gray, brown, green, stone color then played with the depth of the color until I came up with what just seemed right and made a huge bowl of it.
Then I used a very nappy roller to roll the darker color on top of the base. Ended up with this:
So I started filing in the grout with a brush:
(the 5 year-old took this pic and is VERY proud of it)
ended up with this:
ok, still no. That mantle has GOT to go. While I would love to find a gorgeous piece of crazy thick burled driftwood to use, that was not in the cards or the budget. So.. plan “B” I made it thicker all by myself. Ryobi One + Airstrike technology to the rescue!
My favorite tool EVER. I love this brad nailer. I can’t tell you how many times I use it and that it is battery-powered is SO awesome! I don’t have to drag a huge cord or compressor around, it’s not crazy loud… seriously, I can use this during nap time and not wake up a soul!
I put a bead of glue along the edge and then nailed the 1/6 into place… Yep.. why build a brand new mantle… this one was fine and already set up perfectly. I just nailed 1×6 boards to the outside.
going for the industrial look for the whole room so I didn’t even miter the corners (didn’t that work out easy?)
I caulked the edges for cosmetic purposes and once the caulk was paintable, I went to town.
I painted the wood in Chivalry fossil paint and when that dried, I used Glamour Glaze to give it an amazing metallic sheen. While that was drying, I decided it needed more and grabbed some cabinet concealer glaze. I brushed it on the brick in places and then wiped it off.
Got so excited I had to take the picture before it was dry all over (it has a long open time so it takes 36 hours to dry- who has patience to wait that long for a picture? not THIS girl!)
Next up? Painting the trim in the ENTIRE room white. Will be worth it in the end.. but wow.. it’s going to take a bit.
(Ryobi supplied me with some awesome tools to share with you, though all opinions are my own… and always will be)