Fireplace Update Inspiration

Thursday, August 17, 2017

While our fireplace isn't a project that's at the forefront of our to-do list in the new house, it's definitely on my radar to have the project tackled before it's time to decorate for Christmas this winter, so I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas about some possible solutions. 

Here is the fireplace as it was when we purchased the home. This photo is from the listing, so the room looks slightly different right now, but not much. We've just changed the paint color on the wall so far and that's about it. 

We plan to use this room as a formal sitting room or a more formal living room. It's a really large open space as you can see, but our plans will give it a couple of more defined spaces once it all comes together. The windows where the window seat is in this picture will be where we are doing a porch addition, so that seat is coming out and we will be putting a set of double doors there. I haven't decided exactly how I want to lay out the seating around the fireplace either, but that's a dilemma for another day. Then the far end of the room opposite the fireplace will become a Keeping Room of sorts with a couple of chairs flanking a little bar table. Back to fireplace talk...

Right now, we're pretty wide open about what to do with the fireplace, but we're thinking either paint it, or do some sort of millwork on it. Here are a few inspiration photos for if we were to paint. 

Do we take it completely white and bright?

Do more of a limewash to keep much of the brick exposed? I love this look!

Or do something a bit less conventional and take it dark? The room is so bright with all the natural light, plus a new lighter paint color, so I think it could carry this dark on the fireplace well. 

Then there is the option to go minimal with the mantle and leave most of the brick still exposed, like below. 

To be honest, right now, I'm leaning towards something very similar to what is pictured below. 

We've discussed the possibility of adding shelving and storage on either side, but as silly as it sounds, I wouldn't  have a place to put the Christmas tree if we did that. I have my heart set on having our Christmas tree by the fireplace. But I do like the idea of having the additional storage and visual interest of the shelving.

And then there's the dark side of the woodwork option, which I also love. 

We're fairly certain that we won't be doing a tv above the mantle since we'll have one in the room right behind this one. We will most likely run a cable hookup behind any woodwork we do in the event that whoever buys this house when we move out would want the option to have it. Hiding it behind the woodworking is a great option. The mantle on the fireplace we have is unfortunately bowed pretty bad, so we won't be able to keep it. I'm hoping to find something antique maybe that we can build around. But if not, Juston will build something. 

Anyone have any favorites out of those options? If you've ever painted brick before, please let me know your thoughts. My parents would probably never let me hear the end of it if we do paint it. haha They do not believe in painting brick! I'm hoping to share some kitchen progress late next week, so be sure to check back here for that!

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