Painting Our Fireplace

Can you guess one of my favorite features in our new house?  Okay, if you said, “Fireplace!”  You’re totally a genius!!!  Do you love it, too!?!  I love how the hearth is raised for additional seating when needed, that it has a mantle stretching it’s entire length, that it has glass doors for both ambiance and functionality. (Our old house had a screen in front of the fireplace and through the screen we always felt a slight breeze.  We ended up hanging a coffee mug from the flute pull to make the flute stay sealed better.  And I like that there are gas logs which makes for an easy, clean fire whenever we’re in the mood for a little atmosphere.

Only problem, the COLOR!  Pink, Brass and Orangish-Tinted Wood does not mesh with my vision for this space.  Isn’t it hysterical to think 50ish years from now our grandkids may be looking at our design ideas and thinking WHAT!?!?  But for now it’s my turn to laugh!

First things first…Primer always is a must!  We LOVE Kiltz 2 Latex Primer.  It’s water-based and covers so incredibly well with just one coat.  Look at the next two pictures.  That’s one coat of our primer.  Impressive, right.
As you can see, our favorite time for DIY projects is late at night (when does night officially end – wonder if I should say, wee hours of the morning). When it comes to painting, we don’t like taping the edge of where we’re cutting in (although sometimes it has to be done).  We like to use a straight-edged 12-inch putty knife to protect our newly painted walls instead.   Once the enire surface of brick was primed, we filled holes with caulk.  There was a LOT of caulking to do!  We just started at the top and worked our way down to the floors.  Nothing makes a project look more professional then using tons of caulk.  See, don’t we look professional!?!!
Each room in our house seems to flow into the next and so I decided that monotone would give it a more airy and cohesive feel.  Our trim and fireplace paint color is Glidden White on White.  And our wall colors throughout are Glidden Eloquent Ivory.  Before deciding on the color, I taped several sample paint swatches in every room of the house to check the lighting.  I knew with the dark colored floors I wanted something that would be creamy and warm, but work with the windows in lighening our space.  And the verdict is, I LOVE IT!  Very neutral and versatile, but definitely added color to our home.
 See what I mean, Professional!
The brass fireplace cover dettached easily by removing four screws.  My Photographer used his headlamp because as you can see, another night…or super early another morning.  We have an “official” paint table cloth, so we grabbed that from the garage and layed it on the grass in the backyard and covered the brass with high-heat specialty spray paint.
Above is how I wished the house looked during our DIY projects….but below is our reality.  Do you see our boxes out the back window?!?!  They’re waiting on a Freecycle pickup, you know that yahoo group you can join and when people want to get rid of something they send out an email, you respond, and then if you get selected, pick it up on their porch.  I was the one passing on goods this time!  Keeps the landfills cleaner and helps out those in your community!  I have gotten so much from my freecycler friends!!!  Okay, back to painting!  Isn’t that mantle SCREAMING for some love??!
There it is finished and here I am patiently waiting for it to dry before I dress it up.  VERY tempting!!!  Can you believe the difference paint made?!?!  Pink Gone – check!  Brass Gone – check!  Orangish – tinted Wood Gone – Check!  I’m so ready to decorate!!!
And, here it is next to the dark hardwood floors.  LOVE it!
Ta-Da…Just in time for Halloween!

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  1. Britney Home Blogs says:

    We’re just in the middle of a new fire installation. Loving yours particularly the raised hearth for extra seating…wish I’d though of that.

  2. Al says:

    The area changed completely just by adding a fresh coat of paint! You’d have to call chimney cleaners more often though.

  3. Natalie says:

    Great transformation!!!

  4. Maureen says:

    I love it! It looks so clean and beautiful.
    I’d love for you to link up to my Fresh Friday Link Party! http://www.releasemecreations.com/2011/11/fresh-friday-link-party-3.html

  5. Ruth says:

    Your fireplace turned out gorgeous. We painted ours as soon as we moved in. It’s been seven years and it is in need of more tlc and a facelift.



    I looks amazing, Aimee!


  7. Dawn @ Redbird Cottage Art says:

    Love, love, love this!

  8. Hannah says:

    What a beautiful transformation! This is exactly what I plan to do with my fireplace once we are able to move into our new house…can’t wait!!

  9. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Came out just beautiful!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  10. At The Picket Fence says:

    Just gorgeous Aimee! You’ve renewed my desire to paint our fireplace. I think I might just do it before the holidays! Yours turned out so beautifully. Thank you for linking up to Inspiration Friday, we shared your fireplace on our Facebook page. 🙂


  11. Cathy @My 1929 Charmer says:

    Looks so much better, light and bright and now everything pops against it. Congrats on being featured t Finding Fabulous.

  12. Anonymous says:

    An idea I did with painting our fireplace was painting it first with a ivory color..its original color was orange..and sponge a taupe, light tan color over it to give it a natural, rustic, feel. I’m very happy with it!

  13. Lora says:

    Looks great… and what a difference in the room!

    I’m in the middle of a similar project on our fireplace. Hope you’ll check it out on Thursday and let me know what you think!

  14. Aimee says:

    Jane thanks so much for featuring my fireplace update!!! Too sweet of you!!!

    Hilly Bear, be sure to let me know when you get it painted I’d love to see the transformation!!! I’m so excited for you! You’ll totally LOVE IT!!!

    Aimee @ ItsOverflowing.com

  15. Jane says:

    Hey guys, I loved your fireplace transformation so much that I featured it on my blog Finding Fabulous!!! Come check it out at http://www.findingfabulousblog.com

    You did a beautiful job!

    Finding Fabulous

  16. Hillybear says:

    I’m so glad I happened onto this..I have been thinking of painting my firepace as well and seeing your transformation now has given me the courage to tackle it head on. Thank you!

  17. Aimee says:

    Okay, all of you make me smile from ear to ear!!! Thanks for the sweet notes and encouraging words!! I have the best readers EVER!!! I mean, seriously Honey @ 2805 even called me a “professional painter!” Makes me blush!!! I’ve loved looking back at the links you’ve shared! I totally agree that your fireplaces and mine painted white allow whatever goes on the mantle totally POP! I’m excited to share my Autumn Mantle with you very soon!!!

  18. Looks great… very warm and inviting. Jealous- wishing for a fireplace just about now!
    Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking…

  19. Debra @ Common Ground says:

    Love it! Our is painted white also, It really updates and gives you such a great backdrop for decor!! thanks for linking up to VIF! xo

  20. fabulous. i love it with the mirrors.

  21. Sally says:

    That turned out wonderful! The white looks so much better…good job!

  22. Marci says:

    I love white brick. It looks amazing. So simply and clean yet a stunning focal point.

  23. Barbara says:

    Hi Aimee…

    I realized that I found you yesterday at one of the link parties and made a comment on this great fireplace project. Now I run into you today because of the Liebster award! Congrats to you too! Just think there are thousands upon thousands of bloggers out there…what were the chances we’d run into each other 2 days in a row??
    Have a great evening!!!

    Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane

    PS…and yes of course I will be your newest follower!!

  24. Sally says:

    You’re so brave to paint that brick! It turned out soooo nice. I love the new look!

  25. Michele/Ohio says:

    Nicely done! Looks wonderful!

  26. jewelrybyrebecca says:

    Nice job on the bricks. They look great. I think I might paint mine after the holidays…hubby would have a fit if I start another project now. 😉

  27. Between U & Me says:

    I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I’ve got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!

  28. Between U & Me says:

    I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I’ve got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!

  29. Between U & Me says:

    I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I’ve got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!

  30. PeggyJean says:

    I love the transformation of the white paint! It looks so clean and beautiful, great job!

  31. Hartwood Roses says:

    That first stroke of primer must have been really scary … the results are wonderful. Such an improvement!!

    Tell me, the greyhound/whipped statue by your hearth … are you a greyhound owner?

  32. Lexi says:

    Wow! its amazing what paint can do. It looks like a totally different room.


  33. Deanne says:

    Your fireplace looks fabulous!

  34. Jenni says:

    Aimee, your fireplace looks wonderful! And I love how you decorated it, too! 🙂 The bright white paint made such a difference!

    By the way, we have almost the same fireplace, with the brick to the ceiling like that! Now if only we had the same gorgeous hardwoods, lol! 🙂

    I hope you have a good night and a lovely Thursday!


  35. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    What a great job you guys did on your fireplace! We painted ours white, also. Soooo much better!

  36. Heaven's Walk says:

    What a beautiful transformation! It really added a light and airy feel to your living room! I painted my oak gas fireplace a couple years ago and just love it, too! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  37. Honey at 2805 says:

    What a nice transformation! The power or paint (and professional painters) is amazing!

  38. Honey at 2805 says:

    What a nice transformation! The power or paint (and professional painters) is amazing!

  39. Honey at 2805 says:

    What a nice transformation! The power or paint (and professional painters) is amazing!

  40. Jodi says:

    Looks great!!

  41. sherri lynn says:

    It looks great! I love how the white brightens up the room!

  42. Crafty Mischief says:

    Gorgeous! We rent our home but if it was our’s I would so paint the fireplace!

  43. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts says:

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today! MOST VIEWED LINK!!
    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  44. Sarah @ This Crazy Blessed Life says:

    Much better! Just saw you featured at Sugar Bee Crafts…congrats!

    Sarah @ This Crazy Blessed Life

  45. Barbara says:

    Wow..love the way your fireplace looks. I have been kicking around the idea of painting my mid century brick fireplace but have been a little apprehensive. (My brick is super ugly!)I am going to try your technique on a test brick and if it looks anywhere near as nice as yours I am totally going for it!

  46. the cape on the corner says:

    looks great! glad you painted the mantle white, too. what a fabulous space for extra seating, you’re right, and i love the 2 mirrors!

  47. Meredith says:

    Looks sooooo familiar! I’m a huge fan of KILZ 2 as well – that’s what we used on our brick fireplace a couple of years ago and the finish has held up wonderfully. Loving your blog! Can’t wait to see all the transformations to come!
    Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont

  48. Wow!!! What a transformation!! I love it!

  49. Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com says:

    Great transformation! A lot of work but the way it turned out shows it was definitely worth it!

  50. Maury says:

    This looks great! Such a huge transformation. It made me laugh because I did the EXACT same thing. I saw your fireplace and it looks so much like mine before I painted it. (post: http://afabulesshome.blogspot.com/2011/05/helpful-hand.html).

  51. Anne says:

    It never fails to amaze me what a difference a change of colour makes. Love your transformation!

  52. Anita says:

    It looks wonderful!!! I am so jealous too! Growing up my parents had a fireplace that stretched across the length of the room with a raised hearth, and it was so wonderful for seating. Wish I had it now. We never use tape for cutting in either. I learned from my husband to use an angled edge brush and you can make the neatest edges. What a lovely room you have and it’s going to be so nice through the winter!!

  53. Jenny @ Simcoe Street says:

    This looks awesome!

  54. Emily @ 52 Mantels says:

    That turned out beautifully! Your photographer is so handy to have around 😉

    I can’t wait for your guest post!!

  55. Cranberry Morning says:

    I LOVE IT!! Aren’t you so glad you did that! What a beautiful difference.

  56. Chrissy says:

    This looks beautiful!!

  57. ladywiththeredrocker says:

    This is great! I really want to paint our fireplace, now I think I will go for it! Thanks for sharing!

    Stephanie @ Ladywiththeredrocker.wordpress.com

  58. Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand says:

    OH MY GOSH! This turned out SO incredibly AMAZING! Great, great, great job! Thanks for linking up to Totally Tutorial Tuesday…be sure to check back Friday to see if you’ve been featured.


  59. Michele Alger says:

    How pretty you made it! I’m so inspired now to spray paint my oh-so outdated brass screens! Thank you!!!

  60. Tricia says:

    Very nice and bright!!

  61. Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says:

    Wow, fab transformation. It looks like it was a lot of work, but so worth it. Great fireplace!!

  62. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    I’m gonna agree with you that it looks so much better! Nice work!