Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Perfect Timing for a Fireplace Makeover

Leah at Storybook Ranch has a wonderful DIY project that makes me warm just looking at it. She gave her fireplace a makeover. It's a big improvement. Here is her post:

Here's the before: dull, drab, confused... After cleaning this baby out, I sprayed the inside with Rust-Oleum, high heat spray paint. We don't plan on using the fireplace for heat. But, should we want to throw a log on for fun, hopefully this will prevent the fireplace from catching on fire.
This thing was so ugly, I was very close to putting it to the curb. As a matter of fact, it sat by the trash can for 5 days. Until I remembered I had some leftover spray paint...The transformation is unbelievable. My husband couldn't believe it was the same piece...

I had planned on pulling up the dirtiest carpet in the world in front of the fireplace, but found some crumbling asbestos tiles underneath.

This was one of the most cost effective transformations I've done in my home. All it took was a little primer & paint. It makes such a difference and really brightened things up.

Great job Leah! Thanks for sharing! It looks so fresh and so much prettier! Any tips for talking Mr. DIY into painting brick? He's not on board with my plans. :(

She has a tutorial for the mirror she made above the fireplace too. Go HERE for more details!

Those sunburst mirrors are another reminder that I'm suffering sunshine withdrawal. Don't tell me if you're living in a warm climate! I'm freezing and we have about a foot of snow. I'm ready to snuggle back under the covers until I see my shadow or is that "don't" see my shadow? Whichever one brings spring closer.

Mr. DIY is out of commission with some back pain recently. I'm a 1-person DIY team for the time being. Anyway, I had the brilliant idea to attempt to fire up the wood stove myself. It's in the basement (another future DIY project) and connected to our duct work and sits directly below my office. Nice and toasty when the fire is going. It didn't work out though. I filled 3 stories of our home with smoke. Ooops.

Best to stick to the gas furnace for now and dream about an upcoming vacation in the works for March. It's Mr. DIY's birthday gift to me. I'm considering Playa del Carmen, Mexico (my favorite place) or Aruba or even a warm U.S. city (I need help with that one. Booking a resort vacation is so much easier or I'm maybe I'm just lazy).
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Liz said...

Very nice, you are so talented! =)


Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What a difference. I used the high heat paint to get rid of the tacky brass on my fireplace surround. That alone can make a huge difference, but the white gives it such a clean, fresh look.

Dusty Bay said...

She did an amazing job on that fireplace, what a difference!

The White Farmhouse said...

She did a great job on the fireplace. Definitely a great improvement. Take me with you... pleeeeeaze! I am so tired of the cold already. We are going to Australia in July. It seems so far away though!

Leah@storybookranch said...

Thanks for featuring this! It has made such a difference in my home. Tips on painting brick-do it while hubby isn't home. My hubby wouldn't have gone for the 'idea'of it, but LOVED how it turned out. ;)

alanna rose said...

Looks great! I'm afraid to paint brick, too. It's such a commitment, but living with ugly brick is also a big commitment ;)

I want to go to Aruba!

Fawn@Party of Five said...

Hey, if it makes you feel in any better (and I doubt it), I do live in warmer climate--south texas--and we're expecting highs in the 30s with plenty of gusty wind. I don't think anyone's warm in the US!

anhesty said...

i love that high heat stuff. i used the same stuff for my fireplace semi-makeover. all i did was paint the gold trim on it. and it looks a whole lot better! great job!

DigsRetro said...

You did an awesome job on that fireplace and starburst mirror, mid-century modern is my favorite, too!
To finish it off I would probably either remove that cabinet door and make it into an open display area or switch out the hinges and door pull to something in chrome or nickel. Those black barn door hinges just aren't very modern.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Imagine if there was no spray paint!

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House Elf said...

What a great redo! I usually do not like painted brick - but it really works for this!! Awesome job.

andsewon said...

Now this is a makeover for sure!!
She dis an awesome job.
I too can not convince my DH we really need to paint ours also..;-(
If he still traveled..well let's just say he would be surprised when he got home...;-)

kermiefrg said...

What a difference! I just bought the same spray to do my own fireplace. I'm so excited to almost be done with it and show it off!

Chantelle - ThousandSquareFeet said...

That fireplace jumped a few decades with the paint - what a huge difference!! Good for her for at least trying out the paint before kicking it to the curb!! Well done!

Kati @ Obscured Flair- said...

Leah's fireplace is cute! I've never seen one with doors to the side of it, I love it! Thank you for showcasing her blog!

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