Happy New Year!!!! It is 2011!! Trying to get this new year off and running!!! So a little help please…..

We have a really beautiful mantle and hearth. I have always loved it. However, I have been thinking about about a year to paint the brick around the fireplace. It is looking a little dated to me….then I came across this post at our fifth house: A Whitewashed Christmas Take a gander and what she did….

Here is her fireplace before…

And now, after she whitewashed it…..Lovely right?!?! I know!
So what do you think????? I am thinkin it may be worth a try…
workin on removal of Christmas stuff….pardon our mess…

yes, that is Modern Family on the tv….we heart that show…alot….
So thoughts, suggestions….do you care? should I care?? I am sure my dad is yelling NEVER PAINT BRICK….and I get that passion for raw brick….but I need a change…just sayin

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. I think you should go for it. I love that it's not bright white. I think it would look with your walls too.

  2. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments

    I like that some of the brick still shows through, but it gives it a change. One thing you could do to see if you like it is just do a little dry brushing of random bricks with some white paint.

  3. I think it would be beautiful! Now I wish I had dated brick to paint!

  4. Chocolate Brown might be a nice option too Tracie. Completley different look than the white wash, but will blend well with the brick and tie into the Entertainment Center. Look forward to seeing what you do!

  5. I say go for it too! I had this really aweful orange bricks and I had to paint over them I wish I would have thought of this instead, but I am going to be covering it somehow this year anyway because I hate painted brick….I wonder if I can strip it an do this…can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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    I agree go for it! I think it will definetly soften the look of the fireplace and help it fit into your room more! Make sure to take pictures of the project and share!

  7. Ooooooo! You should definitely do it! The White Wash looks amazing.

  8. I think one of the reasons hers looks good is because it is against a red wall. Yours is against that pretty blue wall and might not stand out as much if you white wash it.

  9. i think you should leave it, i like the red with the blue wall! maybe paint the mantel and the bookcase the same color as the tv stand?

  10. I say go for it!

  11. I say go for it girl! I think the whitewash would be pretty, but I am really loving the idea above with the brown wash, especially with that soft blue wall. Let us see what you do!

  12. Hi Tracie-

    Thanks again for posting on fb about my pillow.
    As for your mantel – yes, I think you should paint it. I have a fireplace like yours and painted it about 7 years ago and could not be happier. It not only updates it, but also blends in better with other colors in the room. It looks fresh and modern. My mantel is white so it makes the entire fireplace look larger. I added molding above it and am going to post how I did that soon.
    My best- Diane

  13. OMG – That before/after picture of the painted brick is gorgeous! I say go for it!

  14. OK, I'm going against the grain of what the rest of the group said, but I don't think you should paint it. I'd be afraid that it actually LOOKED like you just decided to throw some paint on the bricks and I think the brick fireplace is so traditional, classic looking. If you want a change, I like the idea of maybe painting the mantel itself instead of the brick…just my opinion!

  15. Yes try it….

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