Yesterday, I went down to Cape Cod to check on a home that I am helping to renovate for my best friend. This renovation is my favorite type of reno in that it's mostly cosmetic. We are gutting a bathroom and opening up a few doorways, but the majority of the work consists of a new stain on the floors, new paint for the entire home and new furnishings / lighting. Not only do I love these type of projects because they are easier to visualize from the beginning, but I also love to be able to share the before and afters... you can really see how dramatic the changes are!
While we are still at the very beginning stages of this project, one very noticeable change that we were able to see yesterday was what was done to the fireplaces in the home. Originally, they were red brick with white, wood mantles. The mantles themselves were simple and pretty, but the red brick was really dating the space which was aging the entire room. I wanted to paint the brick inside the fireplaces black, and while my friend trusts me, she was a little nervous about going black in a beach house. I assured her that it would look amazing, and luckily she took very little convincing and had it done.
Well, yesterday we saw the brick painted black and all I can say is OH MAH GAWD. The difference, you guys, is really jaw dropping. Not only does the black look amazing in the house (whew) what it does to update the room, I swear just that change alone took the space straight from 1980 and immediately to 2017. My job is almost too easy now! This one change has me thinking that everyone needs to stop what they are doing at this very moment and paint their red brick fireplaces black. Yes, everyone... everywhere!!!!!
OK, maybe not this exact second, but this weekend perhaps? I found a tutorial here (it's very easy) and of course found a few inspiration pictures that show how beautiful a black fireplace can be, no matter the style of your home. I'm the first to preach about the power of paint but this one really took my breath away. If any of you decide to take the plunge, send me some pics- I'd love to post them on my Instagram! All hail the black painted fireplace!!!Xx