You know how most people get all gung ho during spring and want to start cleaning things up and redoing things around the house? Yeah, I do that in the Autumn. Seriously, all of my major home renovations have occurred or started in the fall. Dunno why. Recently, I have decided that the downstairs of my home is in need of some updating. You know how this goes, right? You do one thing and it starts a domino effect. I decided I wanted to paint the walls a brighter color than what we had (hello, Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore). Then I wanted shutters for downstairs. Then the breakfast area valances had to come down because I was Just. So. Over. Them. Then came the time to paint the fireplace!
My family room is my project du jour. After painting the walls a brighter, fresher color, I just couldn’t stand the color of my fireplace any longer. Time to paint the fireplace! Previously, my walls were Harvest Brown by Behr and the fireplace mantle color worked perfectly. Not so much with the lighter colored walls. The green undertones were really getting to me and I had to bust out the paint!
Silly me … I remembered to take a before photo after I had started to apply my base coat. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (which I already had on hand) in French Linen as my base coat. I dry brushed Rustoleum Aged Gray on top of that. I still wasn’t totally satisfied, so I used ASCP Coco next. Well, guess what? Boring. It added none of the depth I was aiming for.
I had to get a little more creative, so I blended some ASCP in Napoleonic Blue and Barcelona (already on hand) and created the darker areas you see below on the finished area. I topped it off with some highlights using ASCP Old Ochre, and voila! I was satisfied and stopped there. Six colors later, I achieved the look I was going for. It only took a couple of hands-on hours and was really easy and fun to mix and blend.
I’m super happy that I decided to paint the fireplace. Only now I’m looking at that cream marble tile and trying to decide if I’m going to be happy with that long term, or if I feel another project in the works. Hmm . . . stay tuned!