Thursday, March 28, 2013

To Paint or Not to Paint (our Fireplace)

I have loved and hated our fireplace since day one. I love wood burning fireplaces and I love everything about brick. I actually think this fireplace is really beautiful...BUT...I think it looks overpowering in our small living/family room. I also think (actually I wonder) if painting it would make it less overwhelming (and more crisp).

The decision to paint (or fear of painting) is based on the permanence of painting and the fact that the window sills and woodwork throughout the home are all stained (brown). It is actually one of the things about the house that we love. 

 I have searched the internet looking for pictures of fireplaces that are painted white in rooms with brown stained window casings. I only found a few...

this is probably the closest photo I could find (sorry, have know idea where I found it)

Then I decided to just search for photos of white painted fireplaces that are similar to mine. 

So, after this search I think I am more inclined to consider white washing my fireplace. 
I know, a compromise but I'm still a little scared. 

This is what it will look like:

whiter with some color on the walls

So...what do you think?


  1. Hard decision...assuming you can't go back once it's done.

    1. I know, right! I am leaning toward white washing but have to get the hubby's approval first. Just not ready to make that move yet. :)