Fireplace (mini) facelift


The living room fireplace is a favorite feature in our house. 
Recently, I gave the tile surround a quick facelift:



This is how it looked when we first moved in (2007):


I painted the mantel a soft white soon after.  We've since discovered that while a wood-burning fire during a brisk night is quite cozy, ours wasn't very house-warming unless we sat right in front of it.  It actually caused the heat to kick on more.  So these days, our fireplace is more for looks.  One thing's that never really appealed to us is the dingy tile surround.  No matter how much I scrubbed those tiles/grout lines, they never looked clean.  So when I saw how Erin painted her fireplace surround, I knew it would be the perfect quick & inexpensive fix for ours; one that would at least get us  me by until the day we can replace the insert (with an electric option) & retile the surround (dreaming of something like this or this).

So I got to work & it was pretty quick work at that.
{ via my Instagram @freckleschick4 }


primer coat

Instead of using the paint mentioned in Erin's project (the label warnings are too intense for my paranoid mom-brain), I went the lower VOC route: one coat of Kilz Premium Primer + three coats of Behr's Self-Priming Interior Flat Enamel (color: Jet Black).  Full disclaimer.....my paint choice is not as durable in the long term (there's been a few tiny scratches in the paint surface from Quinn's antics already).  Obviously, we don't walk on the tiles nor pile wood there so it's fine for now.




I'm looking at these photos & am sure I'll be painting the handles black just so they don't stick out like sore thumbs.  While this look probably isn't for everyone, we're pretty happy with it! The tiles now have a honed granite look to them, which is a vast improvement from their previous outdated, dingy look.  We also dig the contrast of the black & white.





You can't see it in the reflection, but just beyond this strategically close-cropped photo is one hell of a hot mess.  
I'm not just talking about myself here.  *:-O surprise  #lifewithatoddler  
Once I clean up that chaos, maybe I can post updated photos of the whole living room.


Have a wonderful weekend!
(It's Thursday, close enough.)


44 comments:

  1. So pretty! I so want a new fireplace set up. Nice to learn about the paint.

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  2. Great update! We did the same thing to ours (a few years ago - now we are ripping it down) and it made a huge difference. Nice job momma!

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    1. It doesn't surprise me that you were way ahead of me on this type of thing, lol! Can't wait to see your fireplace makeover!!
      xoxo

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  3. I'm pinning this because we have a white mantle but similar beige tiles.....you have me thinking! Great job as always!!

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    1. The husband thought I had lost my effing mind when I started slapping on primer, lol. Now he only wishes I had painted the tiles sooner! Part of me's like why bother painting them, but who knows when we can get dreamier fireplace tiles so hey, this isn't too shabby. Thanks so much, friend!

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  4. That is a huge impact for a relatively easy project. Great idea, I love it!

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    1. Thanks so much, J! The husband thought I had lost my mind when I began to paint. When will that man learn. I've got visions, just go with it. I think the glass of wine that's always in my hand during projects is what makes him nervous. Still dreaming of pretty new tiles though.....

      Hope your summer's getting off to a fun start!
      xoxo

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  5. Looks so much better! I like the black and white and love how you've styled it too.

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  6. It looks so much better. It is really a good idea that you do some renovations in your fireplace. You give it an elegant look.
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  7. very nice idea! it looks so much better now! love white :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, gal! I figured, well if the paint didn't work out, it would be the kick in the arse we needed to replace the tile altogether. LOL! Win-win, right?

      xoxo

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  8. Hello! My name is Katy and I am the social media coordinator for KILZ Brand products. Your fireplace looks awesome! We are so happy that the KILZ Premium did such a great job covering your existing tile. If you ever have any questions on a project, please contact us directly at ask@kilz.com. Also, we would love for you to share your project story by writing a review on KILZ Premium. Here is the link to our review forum. Click on "write a review" at the top of this page: http://www.kilz.com/primer/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=d467079e24683210VgnVCM1000006b0910acRCRD

    Thanks!

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  9. Looks awesome!! Its amazing how much of a difference it makes, huh? I love it! :)

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  10. Ohh love a good paint job! So glad I stalk your blog, in a totally non creepy way...

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  11. I never would have thought to paint the tile, but it looks phenomenal! Your creativity with a toddler leaves me exhausted!

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    1. Thanks, mama! LOL, I only have enough creativity juices for small projects.....and even these 'small' projects take way longer than they used to. Damn toddler tornadoes ;)

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  12. This is great! My blogging partner Amy has a fireplace surround she doesn't like at all...definitely a good inspiration shot for her.

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    1. Hope she likes it, too! Thanks for dropping by!

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  13. This looks awesome! I too have the builder basic beige tiles surrounding mine. I pinned a couple painted black tile projects a while ago but this is the one that has me truly convinced. You just can't deny the power of paint I tell ya! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. The power of paint is phenomenal, isn't it?!? I hope you go for it & that you love it, too! Thanks so much, gal!

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  14. It looked good before, but so much better now!

    PS: All of my photos are 'strategically-hiding-the-mess/unfinished-areas-of-our-house' pics. I'm getting pretty stealthy after having a 16 month old!

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    1. Thanks, gal! I know, I've often wondered what would we see if bloggers turned the camera 180 degrees. HA!!

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  15. This looks great! I"m truly so amazed at how paint can change the look of an entire room. And who would have thought to paint tile? NOT ME. But, I love it.

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    1. The power of paint!! Thanks so much, friend!!

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  16. I love the new paint job. It looks great!

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  17. That looks amazing!!! Such a huge difference and an easy change!

    And I laughed when you said it's Thursday....actually.....it's only Wednesday!! You're a day ahead! But with a toddler its totally acceptable!! LOL

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  18. Oooh I love the update! Very chic :)

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  19. Loves it! The black makes the white mantle pop!

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  20. I love the contrast of the black and white! I definitely never would have thought to paint tile... Although I just remembered my SIL painted their "country blue" accent tiles in their kitchen backsplash years ago and they're still holding up nicely. But their children do not climb on the kitchen counters, obviously! lol
    It turned out great, nice choice.

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    1. This gives me hope that the paint will last more than a hot minute. I don't know, Quinn's SPIRITED. We always say she should've been born a boy b/c she's hyper, wild, & fearless. We don't even feed her sugar......all this organic sh!t is apparently fueling her fire enough ;)

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  21. The black around the fireplace looks amazing. It looks so much more classy and expensive. Sometimes it's absolutely amazing what a coat of paint can do. Great job.

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  22. These are the kinda things you just have to tell husbands, "truuust me!". My husband would have thought I was crazy for painting tile, but this is so genius! It looks so good, what a difference. I love how the black all kinda blend together now. And hot mess? pfft. You're a walking hair commercial, lady ;)

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  23. It looks so good!!!! And I totes might need that mirror...deets please!

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  24. I love this! Great way to live with the fireplace until you get around to making it look like those two dream images.. seriously, those are DREAMY!

    Shannon

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  25. Thank you for inspiring me, I am currently on my second coat of black and my fireplace is already looking soooooo much better. I am excited to see my husbands face when he gets back from working in san diego the past two weeks, he has no idea ....... Its been a challenge painting with a 22 month boy running loose. My 6 year old is mad at me for not painting it to look like creeper from minecraft. Ahhh boys. Love your home, your style and what you have achieved with your space. I am starting on my bedroom for his next trip away after seeing your headboard.

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  26. Please share where you purchased that sunburst mirror! I've been looking everywhere for one like that! :)

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    1. Hi Lauren! The sunburst mirror was a Home Goods purchase from ~6 years ago. If you have one near you (or a TJ Maxx), they continually get similar mirrors in stock. Just depends what their inventory is!

      xo

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  27. Hello!! LOVE!!! Do you use the fireplace?? Mine is a gas one and the tile gets warm to the touch. Would this be safe?
    Thanks!
    Anika

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    1. Hi Anika!
      It's a non working fireplace at the moment and so the paint we used is definitely not fire proof/heat safe. If you click the link to Erin's project at the top of my post, I believe she used a heat safe paint!

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  28. Hi!!! Thanks!!! It looks like regular latex paint so ill try it!! :)

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~Freckles Chick~