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

The way to paint a fire encompass and mantel.  

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

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

I simply realized whereas penning this submit that I have never blogged about our
household room for practically a 12 months! WHAT. Even I am stunned, as a result of that is
in all probability 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 at last received to engaged on them. 

The primary was portray our hearth encompass and mantel. I have been toying
round with portray it darkish to match the partitions without end. 

white mantel dark wall

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

However over time 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 beauty of paint is should you do not prefer it, you’ll be able to change it again.
I do know that is simpler stated than executed after you have frolicked portray…however
that is why I all the time say paint is without doubt one of the greatest methods to makeover a

It is VERY uncommon that I’ve disliked something I’ve painted over time. 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 effectively — I normally simply use a moist rag, however
if it is tremendous soiled I like to recommend utilizing some form of cleansing answer: 
cleaning trim for paint

For those who use an answer, be certain to rinse the floor effectively after which let it
dry completely. 

I taped off across the hearth 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 have to
sand it down. 

Since I used to be going with a darkish coloration to match the constructed ins and fireside
wall, I may 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 approach is ok. I all the time 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 means that you can 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 be capable of gauge the ultimate look till it is executed and dry.

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

We LOVE it!! 

cyberspace fireplace surround

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

There is no proper or improper in terms of portray trim or mantels! For those who
take pleasure in distinction in opposition to a darkish coloration or gentle and brilliant partitions, keep on with
white. For those who want a hotter, moodier look, you then’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
hearth. I picked angled sconces after we constructed our residence: 

Over time I have been interested by altering them out to one thing that
would give us extra gentle shining up each of these partitions. I believed it
can be fairly to have them gentle the partitions above as an alternative of the
concentrated gentle taking place. 

double brass sconces

These are pricier than I’d normally spend on lighting, however they I
could not discover something I favored for much less. I liked the smooth, 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 smooth gentle going up the partitions is LOVELY and I like how cozy this has
made our lounge really feel at night time and early morning. I completely love

painted dark blue mantel

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

dark blue mantel and fireplace

The brand new sconces simply fill in that tall area higher total. It lifts
every thing up and appears so a lot 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 adjustments like this make the largest