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

paint a hearth 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 assume it was potential for this room to really feel extra cozy and cozy, however
all of us had been stunned on the distinction these  small DIY tasks

I simply realized whereas scripting this submit that I have never blogged about our
household room for almost a yr! WHAT. Even I am stunned, as a result of that is
in all probability certainly one 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 tasks for a while, and eventually received 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 without end. 

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 over time I am leaning towards moodier areas with painted baseboards
and wainscoting that every one match. Much like
what I’ve achieved in our basement:

So I made a decision to offer a go! 

The beauty of paint is for those who do not prefer it, you possibly can change it again.
I do know that is simpler stated than achieved after you’ve got frolicked 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 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 sort of cleansing answer: 
cleaning trim for paint

When you use an answer, be sure to rinse the floor effectively after which let it
dry totally. 

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 is no must
sand it down. 

Since I used to be going with a darkish coloration 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 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 means that you can actually get in there and simply reduce 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 coloration. 

We LOVE it!! 

cyberspace fireplace surround

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

There is no proper or improper in terms of portray trim or mantels! When you
get pleasure from distinction in opposition to a darkish coloration or mild and brilliant partitions, stick to
white. When 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 aspect of the
hearth. I picked angled sconces after we constructed our house: 

Over time I have been fascinated about altering them out to one thing that
would give us extra mild shining up each of these partitions. I assumed it
could be fairly to have them mild the partitions above as an alternative of the
concentrated mild taking place. 

double brass sconces

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

I lastly received them put in the opposite day…and afterwards I used to be
aggravated 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 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 area 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 tasks mixed took me a day to complete up.
It is humorous how usually I discover smaller modifications like this make the most important