Blue House | Family

The New Fireplace Surround

February 21, 2013

Our living room has a wood-burning fireplace tucked into the corner. When we bought the house it looked like this:


I honestly can’t decide what’s my favorite part: the blue trim or the orange paint. Or maybe it’s the wires growing like vines around the fireplace. Or possibly the awkward shelf to the right is my favorite part.

The whole thing was a hot mess, and we ripped a lot of it down within the first week of living here. We spent some time painting and deciding how to address the fireplace surround. For a few weeks it was looking a little something like this:


Pretty, right?

Not so much.

We decided to keep the original mantle and to chunk up the surround underneath. I like the brick (it reminds me of my grandparent’s house), so it got to stay. We also replaced the dinky brackets with something a bit more decorative.

Ready for how it looks now?


And the award for most improved goes to…. Our Fireplace!

The mantle needs another coat of paint, and we’ve got something special planned for that gap underneath the mantle. All in all, though, I’d say she’s looking a million times better.

Deciding to paint the mantle and surround black was a bit daunting, but we’re both so happy with how it turned out. It plays off the rest of the furniture in the room very well. Hopefully, I’ll be able to show you the rest of our living room soon.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the progression of where the fireplace began and how it looks now.


Much, much improved. We probably won’t address the section underneath the mantle for awhile. Once the paint cures, I’ll be able to decorate hopefully just in time for the baby shower. (It’s hard to tell, but we actually did paint this room. We toned down the blue quite a bit, so that the room is more gray.)

[UPDATE: Check out what we did with that area below the mantle. I’m in love!]

Every day spent in our new house leaves us feeling more and more like we’re home. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an all-black fireplace in someone’s home, but it feels like us, and I love it!

Also, a big thanks goes to Travis’ parents. I conceptualized the fireplace, but they’re they ones who pretty much made it happen. They’re amazing, and I’m so grateful for their help.

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