i am adding some home improvements in order to join in the fun of link parties!
the fireplace before & after...
when we moved in, i was thrilled to have a fireplace. but less than thrilled with the orangey-brown tones of the jagged rocks. my original plan was to build a wood facade over the rock, but i needed to hire someone to do that and they are kind of funny about expecting to be paid. so i decided to paint the rocks in the gray tones i would've picked. everyone thought i was crazy. now they think i'm a genius! i'm proud to say i did this project without the help of any men! (my sister may have painted 10-20 rocks)
don't you love the pea soup green walls!
goodbye brass doors and vents! i painted them with a black high heat spray paint. priming the stones was
h o r r i b l e!
in fact it was so bad that i only did about 2/3rds.
once all the rocks were painted, i painted the mantle an off white. then i sanded around all the edges and over some of the wood grain. next i applied stain over the paint and wiped it off. i ended up using a couple different colors of stain to get the right look.