Painting A Fireplace

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I have a small confession to share with you. It’s not bad but people seem to “gawk” when they find this information out about our home. I have 4 fireplaces. Yes, four separate fireplaces! One in my living room, one in my bedroom, one in my master bath, and one in my dining room. The lady who built our home, who we have learned a lot about from neighbors and friends, built a very custom house. There are many details that make our house one of a kind, including, the 4 fireplaces. It doesn’t even getting extremely hot in Southern Louisiana but I guess we’d be prepared just in case.

No matter what time of year it is, fireplaces really are fun to decorate. Normally, I only give major attention to the one in my living room. It’s a really great size and I love this feature of my living room. I’ve spent time decorating it, including last spring. You may remember my fall mantel too. Simple and cozy!


This year I’m thinking of changing things up even a bit more. To add a nice contrast, I’ve decided to paint the fireplace – the mantel and all. You may be thinking “a painted mantel?”  Crystal,  I think you’re taking your love for paint a little too far. But here my out first! I’ve done my research and it’s not dramatic as you think. Currently the fireplace is the same color as the trim in my house – cream. The color is starting to get boring to me. It’s so “matchy-matchy” right now. Imagine how this staple would pop if it were painted.

spring mantel, mantel decorating,What color will I choose? I haven’t decided on that yet. There are a rainbow of colors to choose from, however, only certain colors would be fitting. As you can see, I like to decorate with color. So painting the fireplace and mantel a striking color could backfire. It would limit the decor I use. So definitely not anything too bold. It’s important that I choose the right color the first time. This isn’t a chair – it’s my big fireplace that I have to look at every day.

I’ve found some great examples of painted fireplaces that I’ll be sharing tomorrow. I’m sure it will convince you even further that I’m not crazy after all. You might even really love this project. I’m actually very excited about this project!

So what do you think – to paint or not to paint the fireplace? I love it when you leave your comments. What’s your two cents?



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