We purchased our home just about a year ago…to be more specific, our offer was accepted almost exactly year ago, but we didn’t move in until mid-October…New York state has a loooong closing process! Right after our offer was accepted and the inspection came back OK, the very first thought I had (after – we finally have outdoor space we can USE! hallelujah!) was, we have to paint every. single. surface. of this house.
No lie. I
hated disliked hated the colors in every single room (well I guess the family room was OK, but it didn’t match our current decor so it was going to have to go too).
I love a project, and I love looking at paint colors, even though I feel horribly ill-equipped to actually pick out said colors – it can be an overwhelming process!
We were able to paint both the kids’ rooms before we moved in – both in the same exact shade they had for their nurseries/rooms at our first home. (More on that in a future post where I give a little house tour!).
However, before we started to paint the rest of the walls, I wanted to paint all the
hideous dated orange-y oak trim. Also, more on this in another home improvement/DIY post! This is a work-in-progress currently! So in the interim, I decided before we tackled the oak trim, I would work on the massive wall of brick fireplace in our back family room.
Again, before we moved into the house, I had a lot of time during that closing process, so I did a bunch of research (i.e., countless hours on Pinterest) trying to figure out how I wanted to handle all that brick! I thought that painting the whole thing might be overwhelming too – that would be a lot of plain white brick!
That’s when I stumbled on Sherry and John’s post on a little blog called Young House Love (I kid, I kid! They are actually sort of a big deal having published two books and all, after starting the aforementioned blog!). They had almost the same sitch in their current house – a wall of brick with a fireplace in the middle. They decided to whitewash it! Genius! I had a plan!
I followed Sherry’s instructions, using some sample paint we had on hand – Snowbound from Sherwin Williams.
Here are some shots capturing the progress and the final product (please pardon the mess – this is our play room so it’s generally in a state of constant chaos!).
This is the finished product, with only one coat. I went back over some areas with a second, lighter (more watered down coat), to try and get everything somewhat consistent (the paint thickened up at the bottom since I didn’t stir it super well, so that’s why in the photo above, the left hand side is a bit darker than the right side).
Now, we just have to spray paint that ugly brass! I bought some high heat black spray paint from my wonderful local Ace Hardware. We are just going to wait for the weather to cool off a bit so we can open the windows to properly ventilate everything (We plan on taping everything off and just going to town with the spray paint right on the fireplace – so we don’t have to remove anything and so everything gets the same consistent black paint).
There you have it – a quick update that made a huge difference! My favorite kind! 🙂
I’m excited to share more home improvement stories with you as we update things. What about all of you? Do you have any house projects currently going on or any upcoming ones planned? I’d love to hear about them!