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

Easy methods to paint a fire encompass and mantel.  

I just lately made some minor modifications to our household room that we completely LOVE!
A little bit paint and a few new wall sconces made such a giant distinction. 

I did not suppose it was doable for this room to really feel extra cozy and cozy, however
all of us have 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 practically a 12 months! WHAT. Even I am shocked, as a result of that is
in all probability one in every of my all time favourite rooms in each this and our final

You understand me…it was about time for some updates! I have been considering each
of those initiatives for a while, and at last obtained 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 eternally. 

white mantel dark wall

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And have cherished 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 each one match. Just like
what I’ve achieved in our basement:

So I made a decision to present a go! 

The beauty of paint is in the event you do not prefer it, you’ll be able to change it again.
I do know that is simpler stated than achieved after you have hung out portray…however
that is why I all the time say paint is among 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 just like
portray inside doorways
or trim work. Begin by cleansing it effectively — I often simply use a moist rag, however
if it is tremendous soiled I like to recommend utilizing some form of cleansing resolution: 
cleaning trim for paint

In the event you 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 colour 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 method 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 lets you 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 to gauge the ultimate look till it is achieved and dry.

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

We LOVE it!! 

cyberspace fireplace surround

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

There is not any proper or unsuitable relating to portray trim or mantels! In the event you
take pleasure in distinction towards a darkish colour or mild and shiny partitions, keep on with
white. In the event you choose a hotter, moodier look, then you definitely’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 once we constructed our dwelling: 

Over time I have been fascinated by altering them out to one thing that
would give us extra mild shining up each of these partitions. I believed 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 often spend on lighting, however they I
could not discover something I appreciated for much less. I cherished the tender, elegant traces
of the sunshine, and naturally that fairly brass tone. 

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

The tender 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 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 total. 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 modifications like this make the largest