September 29, 2023


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Painted Fire Encompass and Extra Residing Room Updates | Thrifty Decor Chick

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Learn how to paint a hearth encompass and mantel.  

I not too long ago made some minor modifications to our household room that we completely LOVE!
A bit paint and a few new wall sconces made such an enormous distinction. 

I did not assume it was attainable for this room to really feel extra cozy and comfortable, however
all of us had been stunned on the distinction these  small DIY tasks

I simply realized whereas scripting this put up that I have not blogged about our
household room for practically a 12 months! WHAT. Even I am stunned, as a result of that is
most likely considered one of my all time favourite rooms in each this and our final

You realize me…it was about time for some updates! I have been considering each
of those tasks for a while, and eventually received to engaged on them. 

The primary was portray our fire encompass and mantel. I have been toying
round with portray it darkish to match the partitions perpetually. 

white mantel dark wall

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And have beloved it! I’ve at all times been drawn to the distinction of white trim and
and a darkish wall. 

However through the years I am leaning towards moodier areas with painted baseboards
and wainscoting that every one match. Just like
what I’ve executed in our basement:

So I made a decision to offer a go! 

The wonderful thing about paint is when you do not prefer it, you’ll be able to change it again.
I do know that is simpler stated than executed after you’ve got hung out portray…however
that is why I at all times say paint is among the finest methods to makeover a

It is VERY uncommon that I’ve disliked something I’ve painted through the years. If
you are contemplating a paint change, simply do it! 🙂 

The method for portray a mantel is much like
portray inside doorways
or trim work. Begin by cleansing it properly — I often simply use a moist rag, however
if it is tremendous soiled I like to recommend utilizing some form of cleansing resolution: 
cleaning trim for paint

In case you use an answer, be certain that to rinse the floor properly after which let it
dry completely. 

I taped off across the fire tile with painter’s tape:

painter's tape on fireplace

Our mantel was painted in semi-gloss or shiny paint, however there isn’t any must
sand it down. 

Since I used to be going with a darkish shade to match the constructed ins and hearth
wall, I might have primed the white mantel with a tinted primer. (Paint
shops will tint common white primer for you.) 

However I simply went forward with it! Both method is ok. I at all times paint the
detailed areas first with a brush, after which go in with a small foam curler
to do the flat parts. 

square paint brush

It lets you actually get in there and simply reduce in small spots. 

Do not freak out after the primary coat or two!:

painting mantel dark

You will not have the ability to gauge the ultimate look till it is executed and dry.

It took three good coats and some contact ups to get the white fire
mantel and encompass painted this darkish blue shade. 

We LOVE it!! 

cyberspace fireplace surround

I at all times say, when it appears prefer it ought to have at all times been this fashion, it is a
good change. 🙂

There is not any proper or incorrect on the subject of portray trim or mantels! In case you
get pleasure from distinction in opposition to a darkish shade or gentle and vibrant partitions, keep on with
white. In case you choose a hotter, moodier look, then you definitely’ll like your trim
painted to match. 

I used semi-gloss paint for our mantel as a result of I like having a little bit of
sheen on trim, however matching the sheen to your partitions is ok too! 

The opposite fast replace was altering out our sconces on both facet of the
fire. I picked angled sconces after we constructed our house: 

Over time I have been fascinated with altering them out to one thing that
would give us extra gentle shining up each of these partitions. I assumed it
could be fairly to have them gentle the partitions above as a substitute of the
concentrated gentle happening. 

double brass sconces

These are pricier than I’d often spend on lighting, however they I
could not discover something I appreciated for much less. I beloved the delicate, elegant traces
of the sunshine, and naturally that fairly brass tone. 

I lastly received them put in the opposite day…and afterwards I used to be
irritated it took me so lengthy. Ha!

The delicate gentle going up the partitions is LOVELY and I like how cozy this has
made our front room really feel at evening and early morning. I completely love

painted dark blue mantel

Now I can not wait to embellish that mantel for fall! 🙂 

dark blue mantel and fireplace

The brand new sconces simply fill in that tall area higher general. It lifts
the whole lot up and appears so significantly better: 

fireplace with mirrors and sconces
living room with two couches

Our teenage son retains commenting on how a lot they modified the entire “vibe”
of the room. 😍

Each of those DIY tasks mixed took me a day to complete up.
It is humorous how typically I discover smaller modifications like this make the most important

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