I am in love with every single bit of this brick fireplace and mantle! Once again I have redone my fireplace and this, my friends is my favorite so far! I have always struggled a bit with my fireplace and now I can show it with pride!
This is what my fireplace and mantel looked like before. I had white washed it and I liked how it turned out at the time, but as time went on I was still not in love with it. Since the fireplace was such a big part of my living room I really wanted to lighten it up. After going back and forth for a while I finally decided that in order in really lighten it up I need to just paint the whole thing white. I always wanted to add a little more texture and this is where the fun part came in. I did not want to break the bank or damage the wall too bad. With those things in mind I headed to my second home, Home Depot.
This is what I came up with:
I decided to use 3M Scotch Outdoor Mounting Tape
and this Underlayment
Which I had a good man at Home Depot cut for me in 6inch by 81 inch strips. I love that they are so helpful!
I put a bit of the mounting tape on before ends and one piece in the middle and I started to attach them to wall stacking one on top of the other. I used a nickel in between each plank to make sure they were evenly spaced.
After all the underlayment was attached the wall I painted the edges before adding the trim pieces, only because I was to excited to see how it would look painted. I used a clean looking trim piece and I did mitered corners to make the trim look more professional. Mitered corners can be hard but there are a ton of different tutorials and YouTube videos out there to help make it easier, but I think there are worth the time and effort.
I did use a nail gun to tack down the trim piece and that also helped hold the underlayment in place as well. But I only used a few nails because like I said I was trying my best to avoid a ton of different nail holes on the wall. These small nail holes are really easy to fill if I decide to remove the planks down the road.
After all the wood working stuff was done I painted the fireplace and mantel with Swiss Coffee by Behr Paint. This is the perfect creamy white.
You can see here that, using a nickel to space out the wood planks. Its nice because you are sure to see the space between each piece, even after they’re painted.
I am head over heels in LOVE with my fireplace now! What are your thoughts? Do you love of hate the white?!
I would love to get some feedback. Love you all!
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