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

Learn how to paint a hearth encompass and mantel.  

I not too long ago made some minor adjustments to our household room that we completely LOVE!
Just a little 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 cozy, however
all of us had been shocked on the distinction these  small DIY initiatives

I simply realized whereas scripting this put up that I have never blogged about our
household room for almost a yr! WHAT. Even I am shocked, as a result of that is
in all probability certainly one of my all time favourite rooms in each this and our final

You already know me…it was about time for some updates! I have been considering each
of those initiatives for a while, and eventually bought to engaged on them. 

The primary was portray our fire encompass and mantel. I have been toying
round with portray it darkish to match the partitions eternally. 

white mantel dark wall

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And have beloved 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 executed in our basement:

So I made a decision to provide a go! 

The beauty of paint is in case you do not prefer it, you may change it again.
I do know that is simpler stated than executed after you have hung out portray…however
that is why I at all times say paint is likely one of 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 much 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 form of cleansing answer: 
cleaning trim for paint

In the event you use an answer, ensure to rinse the floor nicely after which let it
dry totally. 

I taped off across the fire tile with painter’s tape:

painter's tape on fireplace

Our mantel was painted in semi-gloss or shiny paint, however there is no have to
sand it down. 

Since I used to be going with a darkish coloration to match the constructed ins and fireside
wall, I might 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 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 permits you to actually get in there and simply minimize 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 fire
mantel and encompass painted this darkish blue coloration. 

We LOVE it!! 

cyberspace fireplace surround

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

There is not any proper or mistaken in terms of portray trim or mantels! In the event you
take pleasure in distinction in opposition to a darkish coloration or mild and shiny partitions, persist with
white. In the event you favor 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 aspect of the
fire. I picked angled sconces once we constructed our residence: 

Over time I have been occupied with altering them out to one thing that
would give us extra mild shining up each of these partitions. I assumed it
can be fairly to have them mild the partitions above as an alternative of the
concentrated mild happening. 

double brass sconces

These are pricier than I might normally spend on lighting, however they I
could not discover something I favored for much less. I beloved the delicate, elegant traces
of the sunshine, and naturally that fairly brass tone. 

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

The delicate mild going up the partitions is LOVELY and I like how cozy this has
made our front room really feel at evening and early morning. I completely love

painted dark blue mantel

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

dark blue mantel and fireplace

The brand new sconces simply fill in that tall house higher general. It lifts
all the things up and appears so significantly 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 initiatives mixed took me a day to complete up.
It is humorous how typically I discover smaller adjustments like this make the largest