This is what my fireplace resembled when we moved in...first thing I did when I got the keys is change the molding, tear off the glass doors and paint it!
This is not my fireplace. It merely resembles my fireplace. I did not take a before photo when I moved into this home. I was in too much of a hurry to get the brick painted. Here is the single photo of this room, taken by the real estate agent before we moved in, with the fireplace in it.
This is what I really wanted...
This is where my money went instead...500 one gallon boxwoods do add up! LOL!
This is what I saw on Atelier de Campagne's blog...and saved because I loved it so!
This is what I made in 30 minutes using a FREE cabinet door, a wood swag applique from Lowe's and Annie Sloan Paris Grey with Dark Wax. The door was formerly part of a built in from a Chicago condo my brother lived in. Initially it was painted cream and used as a tabletop in my sunroom. I had no idea where I was going to use it after I painted it grey... I just wandered around the house with it until I spied a screw hole in the fireplace where I had hung something, hated it and forgot to fill in the hole!
This is the finished fireplace. Since Annie Sloan paint is so simple and quick to use, I also had time to add linen toile to the back of the reproduction children's fauteuils!
I found this image of the family room from the real estate brochure. What a difference a little bit of paint makes!
Before and After. Sorry for the distorted image of the original mantel. I had to enlarge it quite a bit!
Close-up of toile. I purchased this on ebay five years ago with no idea what I was going to do with it! I just loved it. A yard cost more than my first car!
These were the pulls for the fireplace screen curtain. Um, no. Just no.
I replaced the pulls with this ormolu from a table I refinished. It took an hour to get them just so...
This small change made all the difference, I think!
New favorite design book, The New Eighteenth Century Home by Michele Lalande. Each page is truly an inspiration!
I am really pleased with the way this room is shaping up! Atticus, here, agrees! Then again, he is a gentleman and a most agreeable cat!
Have a wonderful week friends!
I am linking to Susan, at Metamorphosis Monday,
Amber and Brad at Shades of Amber, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Party
Domestically Speaking, Power of Paint Party
Sherry, at No Minimalist Here, Open House Party
Miss Mustard seed, Furniture Feature Friday
My Romantic Home, Show and Tell Friday
Courtney, at French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday
Honey, at 2805 Potpourri Party Friday
Kathryn, at The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesdays!