Tuesday, October 6, 2009

a mini facelift....

It's DIY day at:

ASPTL
are you playing? I am...thank goodness for motivation!

AND....I am going to put this on Shanty2chic's

Shanty 2 Chic

Here's the deal...I thought and thought and thought about something I have done solo...unfortunately, anything around the house...my hubby has a hand in...but not this my friends, not this.  He didn't even want me to do it...BUT, he was completely surprised and elated with how it turned out....

I have been staring at this fireplace for 4 years...when I first moved in the mantel was a different color then the rest which I immediately painted...but the updates stopped there...

Do you see the problems? (no, not the filthy glass...don't judge)...I'm talking about that sweet goldy brassy whatever ugliness going on...

yep...that is some early 90s sweetness...

I saw the perfect solution here and I knew I had to give it a try.
After A LOT of scrubbing and taping and papering I was ready to spray. In all of my scrubbing I realized that the whole thing could use a paint job...lots of scratches, etc.
(I used rust-oleum high heat spray paint in satin black).

All black baby....a thing of beauty!

Let me tell you what I LOVE about my fireplace:

1. instead of my eye immediately going to the gold strips...it goes to the white mantel and surround.
2. instead of me detesting the black tile...I barely notice it...it's just all black
3. my husband was so thoroughly impressed and kept saying, "it looks so great...it looks brand new".
4. Even Lil D said, "mom did good job on fire"...thanks!
5. because I decided to paint...I cleaned...yep, I love a clean fireplace!
and 6....I might actually be able to live with the black with white speck tile for another 4 years:) Okay...not that long, but long enough to spend my time and money on other more pressing projects!

Kind of crazy what a $6 can of spray paint can do...I know, I know...you all already know this...I'm just finally picking up what you are putting down!

10 comments:

pk said...

Don't you love the difference even a LITTLE bit of paint makes! I had the same problem in my previous home and did the same thing. Cannot TELL you how happy it made me. :-) Hope you're having a good week...
pk @ room remix

Marla said...

Wow! It looks brand new. I'm impressed. Don't ya just love spray paint?

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Much better. I love your ghosts ideas on your blog and just featured three of them on somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my "featured" button.

Keep'n up with the Cameron said...

Ok so at my house I bought 3 cans of brown paint and 2 cans of silver and I updated 3 fans which went from mid 80's to totally modern, 2 picture frames, a mirror, pumpkins (lol), a couple of other gold things (forgot what there called) and let's not forget my house #'s. The can's were on sale for 3.50 so it was a steal. I still have some left and wonder what I should use them on!!!! lOve you Teri....it looks great!

The DIY Show Off said...

I did the exact same thing! I just love the way paint can make a huge difference. Your fireplace looks awesome! Great job!

Roeshel

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

OMG. I should send you a picture of my fireplace ... I don't have brass STRIPS ... I have an entire brass INSERT. It is truly heinous. I have just written down the paint you used on a Post-it Note and plan to buy it TONIGHT. Thanks for the inspiration!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Good for you!! It does look brand new!! Way to go and thanks for linking up!
~Whitney

cindy@cottage instincts said...

Looks great girlie! The taping off is the worst part, eh? That's always how it goes with painting...it's the prep and clean up that stinks. :o)
peace!
cindy

Delightful Dwelling said...

It looks great! Sometime something simple can have a big impact.

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Oh that looks so much better! Don't blame you for wanting to get rid of the gold and look what a difference that made! Thanks so much for linking up with us! ~ Ashley

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