We have an enormous fireplace. An enormous brick fireplace. It sits smack-dab in the middle of our Family Room, and wraps around into (what we call, for lack of a better word) the Mud Room/Laundry Room.
See for yourself:
… Yes. That is a framed picture of Prince on the mantel. Why would someone have a framed picture of Prince prominently displayed with their wedding/family photos? The better question is why wouldn’t someone have a framed picture of Prince prominently displayed with their wedding/family photos?! But I digress.
Since we moved in, everyone (and by everyone, I mean the Husbang, and our mothers) have said we should paint the brick white, but I’ve resisted for almost a year. I’ve never painted brick before, and honestly, I don’t hate it… Well, that’s not true. I do hate the tile along the hearth. And the mantel is kind of busted. But the brick I could live with. And it’s not like you can unpaint it if you change your mind (at least, not easily).
But then today, I saw these:
(all courtesy of Young House Love)
… and Mama? She like.
So, I think I’m gonna do it. But can you paint tile? I really like the contrast between the brick and the mantel in the second painted picture. But we have blue walls… so do we paint the brick in an off-white, and the mantel white to match the trim?! And I don’t want gold fireplace doors, so those would have to be painted, or replaced. I’m not really sure where to start.
Also, speaking of Young House Love — I’m in love with this. I need some blank walls and about 20 picture frames, immediately.