“Designing, redesigning- they both feel like fun to me.”
I have some fun fireplace news to share with you today! 😀
First, let’s revisit the inspiration pic I put together in Photoshop a while back:
Remember how I dreamed of a gray-blue background, a chocolate-y brown rustic mantel beam, a custom-built mantel, complete with chunky-monkey, chippy old corbels? Remember how I wanted to use bricks that leaned tan/taupe, and how I talked about not wiping off all the mortar when they were installed so that the area around the firebox had a southern living-meets-european farmhouse-meets-historic house vibe?
And remember when I showed you that not wiping off all the mortar off turned out to be a bad idea last week?
Well, guess what? I got craftsy with it and I *think* it’s lookin’ pretty good in the neighborhood!
If you follow my Periscope feed, you already know what I’ve been up to, but for those who haven’t seen the live broadcasts, I watered down some left over Trail Tan craft paint, and slapped it on each brick with a small paint brush. After a few seconds, I blotted most of it off with a damp paper towel, and then I wired brushed my way to the tone I was after all along!
Check it out:
Here’s a side by side, before-and-after comparison so you can really see the difference:
It was hard to tell the difference between the grout and the bricks in the before photo on the left, but now there’s more definition between the two, as shown on the right.
Brushing it off while the water/paint mixture was wet seemed to create a darker brown color, and brushing it off after the water/paint mixture had completely dried created more of a gray color. Here’s another before and after comparison shot…before on the left, after on the right:
It was kind of scary not knowing how it would turn out, but I figured, hey- worse case scenario, I can tile over the brick. No biggie. Designing, redesigning- they both feel like fun to me. 😉
And let’s face it, if I hate it when the white mantel moves in, I can still tile over it. #IAin’tScaredOfNoBrick
Speaking of the mantel, here’s a picture I put together in Photoshop that *sort of* shows what it’ll *sort of * look like when we have the mantel in place:
Keep in mind, that is not a real mantel on there. That’s just a picture of a mantel I found on Google Images and pasted into place. We’re going to start building our mantel on Thursday, and I can hardly wait to see it all primed and painted…and chunky monkey-corbeled, of course. Later this year, we’ll start on the cabinetry on each side of the fireplace. I can hardly wait to put those things to work, too! #StorageGoals