Steve and I have been slowly updating pieces of our 1920 home, and we decided to do a little change to something that we spend a lot of time looking at--our fireplace. We don't use it as an actual fireplace, but the yellow/orange bricks were looking dirty and dingy. Steve was bothered with the bad grout job someone had done to spruce it up in the past. And with our new gray walls, we thought a bright white fireplace would pop! We used a no-VOC Olympic Icon paint, and the color is "Snow Storm". Steve and I both took turns painting it, and we were done in no time. It did require a second coat the following evening.
This was the before (from Halloween two years ago):
I think that it would be pretty if the mantel and built-ins were painted white as well, but Steve is a part of the "We Don't Paint Wood" club, and some of the time, I agree. I love when old homes can retain their character. Also, we also know that the tile on the floor is absolutely ugly, but that is a job for another day ;)
The white paint gives the fireplace a fresh and modern look that (in the future) will definitely catch the eye of a potential renter or buyer.
Our mantel is in its normal state--not decorated for any holiday. We took down the Fourth-of-July decor recently, and it's not quite time for fall yet. I found these adorable pineapple prints from "Oh So Lovely". I chose one blue pineapple, since much of our living room decor is blue, and one gold pineapple, just for fun. Putting two floating frames up on each side of the mantel was the best idea! It's so easy to switch up prints for every season.
A pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, and it screams summer to me. The print is free, so if your walls are looking bare, print off a copy for yourself! :)
We love how cozy our living room has gotten in the past few months!
Thanks for stopping by today! We hope to have many more project updates as the weeks go by :)