My fireplace and built-ins got a makeover this summer, and I still stop and smile every time I walk through the room. Little room history for you, this room was intended to be the ‘family room’. But it’s laid out so poorly – long and narrow, with wide floor to ceiling windows, an even wider entrance into my kitchen, and one wall for the fireplace and built-in book cases. Make sure you read on to see how the room looked before I got a hold of it with my paint brush!
Here’s what I used:
- Primer – ZINNSER Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for all Surfaces
- Paint – Benjamin Moore Satin Imprevo Pastel Base in Misty Grey
I used two coats of the primer and 3 coats of paint. What sold me on the primer was that I didn’t need to strip and sand the wood before I applied the primer. WHAT?! I know, I know, I was skeptical at first, too. Today, I am so happy I used it. I’ve gone the traditional stripping and sanding route before and it is so incredibly time intensive.
- BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Stain-Blocking Paint & Primer In One (tinted to the same Misty Grey color from Benjamin Moore)
I almost bought another product when the friendly paint pro at Home Depot told me that their BEHR primer and paint would do the job AND he could tint it for me to match the built-ins. No prep work involved. I literally just started brushing on paint. You can see from the photos below that the application is not perfect, but I wanted to see the little specks of dark brick peek through. I like it. I think it adds texture.
At a DIY blogger conference, I met the team from D.Lawless Hardware. I spotted these Antique Milk White glass pulls and I made a beeline for their display. It was love at first sight. I wish I had taken a photo of the table covered with beautiful glass pulls in every color imaginable. GORG-EOUS. When I got home, I ordered them and much to my surprise they were less than $5 per pull!
Here is “The Before”…
And “The During” photos…
Now That It’s Done
It was surprisingly easier to cover than I thought. I wasn’t expecting two coats to cover the brick like it did. The built-ins still look shiny and lovely two years later. I’m happy with my paint choices. There’s nothing I would change if I did it all over again.
I love looking at this every day. Every time I see these bright, white, happy walls, I smile. Makes me wish I would have painted them years ago. I used to give this part of my house a dirty look every time I walked through the room. This was definitely one of those projects that made me realize how much the look of my home affects how I feel when I’m home. I hope this inspired you to pull the trigger and tackle that paint project you’ve been thinking about in your own house. Trust me, you won’t regret it.