Monday, October 24, 2011

Mantle Reveal!



My pal Andi came over to hang out and see the new place today!  I promised her a sneak peek of the mantle/fireplace, so now that she has come, hung out, had lunch, and gone (sniff sniff!!!), I am free to share it with you.

This weekend I intended to work on the guest room.  But I got to the local Benjamin Moore retailer and they closed at noon on Saturday and were not open on Sunday.  There was one other even closer to my home, but they had recently had a fire and were closed.  Well,  I wasn't going to sit around and NOT paint anything now was I?  So I headed to Home Depot and picked a new color for the mantle, and also picked up  2 gallons of Zinnser no-sanding-dry-in-one-hour primer.  Say what?  Yep- that would work for all the miles of brown trim in this house!

First, let's take a look at what the mantle looked like when we moved in...

The nice thing about this room is that all the trim with exception to the baseboard had already been painted.  Saturday I primed the baseboard trim in the living room as well as the brick fireplace.  Sunday morning, I added another coat of primer to the baseboard (and let me tell you the adhesion was awesome and I didn't sand a darn thing!).  Then I got to work painting the brick and mantle in Martha Stewart's Zinc.  After allowing it to dry, I gave it one more coat.  wooden mantle required a third coat which it got this morning.   The trim still needs to be painted, and the room is no way near done, but having the mantle finished is a good feeling!  Want to see it now?  Yes?  OK, but let me tell you that I only put the decorations up for staged photos then quickly removed them to allow the paint to cure properly.  So please if you do this at home, let the paint cure! :)  Also, we will be mounting a TV above it which is why I don't have anything awesome like a mirror up there.  Darn husband. ;)





The walls in this room will be remaining white, and I wanted the fireplace to really be the focal point, so I knew I wanted to paint it.  I am really happy with how it turned out!  One project down.  857 kajillion to go!

Don't forget to visit me today at Meridian Road!

Oh, and guess what I have been working on today???  The new QUEEN headboard for the guest room!  The darn husband that is making me put a TV over the fireplace was sweet enough to pick it up for me yesterday.  I will share it tomorrow at POWW!  See you then!

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82 comments:

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Looks great! I love the color :)

Jamie said...

soooooooooooooooooooooooo gorgeous! It looks like you're making great progress in the house!

hilary @ oldhouse.truelove. said...

it looks beautiful cassie, i love the clean look!... i too just did a mantle makeover this past weekend. i will be sharing soon : )

Jake and Julia Miller said...

Wow you made some great progress! I love the couches and the rug!

Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

oh-my-goodness oh-my-goodness oh-my-goodness!!!! I love it. It looks SO SO awesome!!!!! :) I LOVE everything!!

Megan said...

Wow girl, you move fast! I just LOVE the fireplace color with your new couches and rug! So beautiful!!! Martha has the best colors :)

Allison@FabRehab said...

Hot DANG that's an improvement! I love it! That looks like a familiar color!! Love it...the room is SO bright with natural light! Love!

Jaime said...

Cassie looks like a whole new place. That color is perfect, especially with the upholstery on your sofas. Love seeing the transformation, you must feel good having one room done, can't wait to see the rest.

Steph @ Birdhouse said...

Looks amazing! What a beautiful room! Love the windows and natural light, love the gray fireplace and furniture, love the floors. I *might* have been tempted to stain the wood mantle rather than paint it, but I like the clean look of it painted as well. Off to a great start!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

It already looks like a million bucks. I am glad you moved and we get to watch the progress of you making your new house a home.

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

Your living room is looking gorgeous! The color palette is so calm and pretty...LOVE the gray and the couches and the rug and the tables. Huge progress!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Oh Cassie, this is fabulous!!! Amazing what a can or two of paint can do to a room!!! Truly a lovely transformation!!!


XOXO's,
Jessie

acozycottageinthecity.blogspot.com

Anne said...

pretty color! It look great :)

Mel said...

Great colour! Love it with the white walls.

Your sofas are wonderful!

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

Oh that is fabulous! I love that color. The room is going to look amazing.

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

Your fireplace and mantle looked a lot like mine, which I have been debating whether to paint for years! Looks great!

Ali Richardson said...

HOLY Cr*p!!! It looks freakin' amazing!!!!!!! Seriously dude! No joke! I love love love love it :)

Tammy @ Type A said...

love the color, i bought a sample of this the other day, i'm thinking of paint my son's bedroom furniture with it. looks great.

Kara @ June & Bear said...

It looks beautiful. Love that color. And what great light you have in that room.

Between Blue and Yellow said...

What a difference! Not that it looks bad, but you could also spray paint the metal around the fire place. I think rustoleum makes a fire safe spray paint. I know what it's like to fix up an older home, good idea to take one project at a time.

Kim @ keller-creative said...

Great color! I LOVE those couches.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The fireplace looks fantastic. Love the vignette too. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

Katie said...

The fireplace is a beautiful color and great focal point in the room! It also looks great with the couches!

Maury said...

This looks amazing! I love the gray. It's completely unexpected but still very subtle and soothing at the same time. I am so with you on the brown trim. I had wood trim in the kitchen and family room and it was the first thing to go. Great job!

Chrissie said...

It looks awesome. What a difference. Love the mercury glass decor too!

Polly said...

wow! love it! that zinc color is perfect!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I can hardly believe it's the same room! It looks great.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Cassie, Fabulous paint color! The fireplace looks wonderful.
Hugs,
Sherry

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

The room has warmed up and has a sense of calm with the color choices.

Noelle said...

I love the color!! You are making fast progress!

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

fan-flippin'-tastic!! i bet you grin ear to ear every time you glance into the room--i know i would!!

love the color--so calm!

amy

Welcome said...

Oh Cassie, I love the color you painted the brick. The sofas are fabulous too.

Kathy

Katie said...

Shut your mouth! I LOVE it!! Your living room is looking so amazing!! Love the color scheme!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Looking good...love that color!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

It looks incredible!!!! It's like a whole new room! So well done! I'm sharing this on my blog later to show all my naysayers that painting a brick fireplace can make it beautiful!

Nicole {Home for Hire} said...

I love this!
It's neutral, yet adds that extra fun punch to the room :)
I think you made the perfect choice (I also love the new sofas!)

A Vintage Vine said...

Cassie, it is beautiful! I love that color......You hit it out of the park on that makeover!

Anna said...

great color! did you get new couches too? It is a very pretty room, lots of windows and great light

Sarah said...

I LOVE the way your fireplace is looking! Are you leaving the surround gold like that or is that on the to-do list? :) Looks like this room is coming along wonderfully!

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Looks gorgeous! Really...you did a fantastic job (as usual). The contractor (Jimmy) is coming over this week to give me a price on some things. Thanks for his info.

Shari @ turnstylevogue.com said...

Great choice on the color! One of my faves. It will definitely stand out yet provide a great complimentary background to any seasonal decorating. Nice!!

Allison said...

Cassie, it looks so beautiful! You have done a lot already. The fireplace is fantastic....great choice on the color. What a lovely living room.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Holy hell! That is fabulous!

DecorandtheDog said...

Oh my! What a change! Love the color you chose! It looks like a completely different room.

The tv over the mantle will grow on you...if you ever get control of the remote. :P

The Frosted Gardner said...

What a great color!!! I have been so excited to see what you have been working on in your new home. And your couches look great. It looks like you are having so much fun!

Serendipity Chic Design said...

Woo freaking hoo! Looks awesome....Great project to have "checked" off the list...

Take care,
Lisa

gail said...

cassie! Your fireplace looks awesome! The painted baseboard really makes a huge difference. Love it!
gail

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Love the color on the mantel Cassie!! You are the color master!Your couches are gorgeous too. Do you know how jealous I am of your fireplace? Make sure to light it up on Christmas morning for me.

WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Sooooo pretty! Such a serene space!

17 Perth said...

Holy cow!! It looks gorgeous! Great job!

Restyled Vintage said...

Haha I knew it wouldn't take you long to start making your mark on your new home...I'd be like a woman possessed and I bet you are too! Is the primer you are referring to Zinsser BIN? I use that for all my furniture projects...it is awesome stuff! I am in love with painted brick and I hope that our next home has some brick for me to attack with the paintbrush :)

The mantel looks beautiful. Can't wait to see the mirror there though...I would have been desperate to get it hung, and my husband would have been the sensible patient one putting the handbrake on too, lol.

xx Karen

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

It looks awesome! I love that color on the white walls. This room already looks gorgeous and you're just getting started!

jandjhome said...

Wow, the color is perfect. It looks beautiful with your new couches. I can't wait to see more.

Deb said...

Wow Cassie...your place looks amazing already! Great job on the fireplace...love the color! ~Deb~

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Love it! Can't wait to see more of the new house

Christine@Sally,Ry,andLaLa said...

Looks great Cassie!

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

Just gorgeous! I love the furniture and how you have it payed out. Love love the rug. The mantle looks amazing. I really like that you didn't do the typically paint brick white.

The Kramer Angle said...

Looks great! At least that "darn" husband of yours let you paint the brick - mine is still opposed after staring at our ugly ass orange brick for nine years!

I love your couches too!

Gail

One in the SAHM said...

I LOVE that color - definitely adding it to my list! Also, where did you get those couches? (Sorry if that was mentioned in a previous post!).

Kahli said...

I love that color of the fireplace! The trim looks great! Great job Cassie!

Kacey said...

Gorgeous color! You're making amazing progress!

Kacey

p.s. can I borrow some of that endless energy?

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Great minds think alike, we recently painted our fireplace dark too! Love the color you chose. It looks 100x better.

Stephanie said...

LOVE!!!!! I now have fireplace envy. Great job! And thanks for the heads up on the new Kilz...I have orangy stained wood window trim I need to cover to match my new white baseboard moldings. :)

Melissa said...

Wow!!! What a difference! The color is beautiful. I love the entire room!!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

That is going to be one really fabulous room! Love the mantel! What fun you'll have changing it up!

Kate said...

Love it all!!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Love, love, love!!!! I think this is one of my most favorite transformations! Take care, Caroline

Our Little Beehive said...

Your couches and coffee table are so perfect they look fake. I know, I know, fireplace is the focus, but hot damn those tables are so pretty!

Let's discuss the brass thing.... Do you have plans for it? Ours went to the curb during week 1 and we've never had a draft issue. Or will that be painted some ah ma zing color too, just like those tables?

Laurie said...

OMG I love it- what a great color- Did you hubby freak about painting the brick?

Did I mention I love it?
Hope you are settling in OK.

Jamie said...

beautiful! the room looks great with the "new" fireplace!! and those are my fav colors :)

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Oh Cassie that is GORGEOUS... LOVE the gray! I'm putting it in the Spotlight this week. Have a great one!

Ruth said...

I love it. Your fireplace looks amazing.

Ruth

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

so pretty!!! love the color

faith said...

You choose a perfect color. I love your rug and couch combo as well. Very classy room. I just saw on a hgtv where they repainted a fire place plus they also painted the brass fire surround. I guess they make a fire proof paint for that. It made a difference on there's. However it's your home and your choice. Good luck with your home.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Cassie, that turned out fabulous! The gray looks great against the white walls. I know how tiresome painting the trim can be. At least you just had the baseboards to do!

Sommer said...

Oh Cassie it looks amazing! You are doing a wonderful job with the new place! I love the color. What is it? I would be delighted to have you stop by and link this up to my VIP party this weekend! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/10/vip-party-34.html Have a safe and happy halloween!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Such great color the gray I love it, I would not imgine bricks looking sooo elegant! I hope when hubby mounts the TV he hides it with something pretty, like a movable artwork or even a mirror...can't wait to see how that turnes out! Happy Halloween. FABBY

Heather said...

Love the color! It absolutely makes it "pop." Saw your feature on My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia!
-Heather @ www.commonplacebeauty.blogspot.com

HI THERE! said...

It looks beautiful! The rest of the room is coming together nicely too! I really love that rug - do you mind sharing where you got it from? I have been on the hunt for one for a while now!
Jenn :)

A Mother and A Daughter said...

I love the brick painted! And where did you get that little silver owl sitting on your mantle? It is SO cute!!! ~ Barbara @ http://amotherandadaughter.blogspot.com/

Stacie@hometownperch said...

That turned out great!

Are the couches "Henry" couches from West Elm? I have their velvet sectional on my wishlist right now.

Stacie@hometownperch said...

Thanks so much for getting back to me. I love the way the couches look in your space and am so glad to hear you love them.

I'm 99% sure that's the couch I'm getting. Not sure if it will be a sectional, or two of the same size like you have.