Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fireplace Before and After

Here is a picture of our family room from the seller's photos.  Sorry, it's the only one I have that shows it before all the painting I did.

Shortly after we moved in, one of the first things I did was paint the fireplace mantel white.  I just didn't like that oak color, and you couldn't see the beautiful details at all.  I had been in love with white mantels for a long time, so I was pretty excited to do it!  I also painted the left and right side walls a soft green color.

Originally, I left the wall above the fireplace that khaki color - it looked pretty good, I thought.
Here is a photo taken around Easter after I painted the mantel.
Sorry, the wall color looks a little weird in this pic, but it's the same as above.   

See all the cute detail in the mantel?

Recently I decided with the soft green walls, and dark brown furniture that the fireplace wall needed a punch of color.  This room connects with the dining area and kitchen, and I have these gorgeous rugs I bought at Pier 1 that have all the colors I want.

There is brown, the green of my walls, beige, mustard and a warm rusty red color.
I also bought these dried peppers in Mexico that bring that punch of rusty red in. They are HUGE - but I love them! haha

So here is my new bright fireplace wall:

It looks pretty orange in the picture, but trust me, it's not.  It's more of a brownish color really.  I love it!  Every time I look over at that wall, it just looks so warm and yummy. hahaha(maybe cozy is a better word).

Here is a side-by-side for you to compare:

What do you think?  Seriously - it looks so much better in person. The only bad thing is, it totally clashes with my Valentine Decorations!

The next thing I need to work on is window treatments - I hate bare windows!
UPDATE:  Here is an after after picture....  :)
We added shelves!!  You can read the full post HERE.

Well, thanks for stopping by!



A;ge said...

I love the white fireplace and the orange wall color! I too want to paint my mantel white, just have not gotten around to it yet! It looks awesome!

Beth said...

Thank you so much! You should definitely do it - I loved it immediately. Thank you for commenting. :)

Unknown said...

What did you use on the brick/stone?

Beth said...

We have tile that goes around the fireplace and on the floor in front. I just left that. The only thing I painted was the wood mantel. :)

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