I suppose lamenting over my living room never getting painted actually paid off. While the boys and I were frolicking in north Georgia with my family last week, Stew finished painting the fireplace which I had started a few weeks ago. He then went on to doing two coats of paint on the ceiling, two coats on the wall, and three coats on the trim.
What a sweet surprise that was to come home to! And he abhors painting, so I’m especially thankful he took on this monumental task all by himself!
Can you I tell you how happy I am with the results??? The room is now light and airy and looks so much bigger. The pinky beige walls with beige trim and beige fireplace really made the ceiling feel much lower and the room appeared much darker.
The walls were painted Creme Brûlée to match the rest of the open floor plan and the fireplace and trim were painted a bright white.
The living room is still a work in progress. Stew’s in the middle of changing out light switches and outlets. They were a dingy beige too and I can’t wait for them to be gone once and for all.
We also have pictures to hang and a sofa table to be built, along with a few other things, but I thought I would show you the before and after of the fireplace.
The picture on the mantel needs to be hung. There are two pictures up there. One propped against the other one, but I think the one showing is the one that will be hung. I also need some new green plants for my pots, but here is what it looks like so far….
Here’s a close up of my vintage picnic baskets and a vintage egg crate carrier. I just love old baskets. The warm wood tones and textures help break up all of that bright white brick.
And a before and after shot…
Yes, I know many of you told me not to paint the brick but I had lived with it for two years and had never been happy with how it looked. It was an orangey brick color with brown grout and it wasn’t historical in the least so there was really no reason not to paint it in my opinion. I’m much happier with the current look.