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

How you can 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 cozy, however
all of us had been stunned on the distinction these  small DIY tasks

I simply realized whereas scripting this publish that I have never blogged about our
household room for practically a yr! WHAT. Even I am stunned, as a result of that is
most likely one in every 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 hearth encompass and mantel. I have been toying
round with portray it darkish to match the partitions ceaselessly. 

white mantel dark wall

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And have liked 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 each one match. Much like
what I’ve accomplished in our basement:

So I made a decision to offer a go! 

The beauty of paint is if you happen to do not prefer it, you may change it again.
I do know that is simpler mentioned than accomplished after you have 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 just like
portray inside doorways
or trim work. Begin by cleansing it nicely — I normally simply use a moist rag, however
if it is tremendous soiled I like to recommend utilizing some type of cleansing resolution: 
cleaning trim for paint

Should you use an answer, be sure that to rinse the floor nicely after which let it
dry totally. 

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 must
sand it down. 

Since I used to be going with a darkish shade to match the constructed ins and hearth
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 means is okay. 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 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 have the ability to gauge the ultimate look till it is accomplished and dry.

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

We LOVE it!! 

cyberspace fireplace surround

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

There is no proper or flawed relating to portray trim or mantels! Should you
get pleasure from distinction towards a darkish shade or mild and shiny partitions, stick to
white. Should you desire 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 okay too! 

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

Over time I have been interested by altering them out to one thing that
would give us extra mild shining up each of these partitions. I assumed it
could be fairly to have them mild the partitions above as a substitute of the
concentrated mild taking place. 

double brass sconces

These are pricier than I might normally spend on lighting, however they I
could not discover something I appreciated for much less. I liked the comfortable, elegant strains
of the sunshine, and naturally that fairly brass tone. 

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

The comfortable mild 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 am unable to wait to embellish that mantel for fall! 🙂 

dark blue mantel and fireplace

The brand new sconces simply fill in that tall house higher total. It lifts
every little 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 usually I discover smaller modifications like this make the largest