Painted Brick Fireplace Makeover

Painted Brick Fireplace Makeover
My family room is the biggest room in our house…and to be totally honest it’s all about the TV.
It’s where my husband hangs out so I’ve tried to make it reflect him more than me.
Last year I was able to combine 2 focal points into one.
To do this we had to put the really, really BIG television over the fireplace.
Here is a before picture of the room just after installing the TV.
This was taken by my painter but you can certainly get the idea of how things looked.
Lovely isn’t it?

Here is how it looks today.

Painted Brick Fireplace Makeover
Bloggers all over the world have commented on the power of paint.
Transformations can happen just by picking up a paint brush.
Other than new window treatments, nothing else was done to this room.
Just paint.
Painted Brick Fireplace Makeover
Here’s the wall opposite the fireplace.
When we hung the TV over the fireplace I was able to
re-position the furniture to make more floor space.
The previous position of the TV was where the brown chair is now.

I got the fabric for the curtain panels at JoAnn last summer (half price of course.) I made all the pillows too. I ordered several different fabrics from Calico Corners…just a yard of each.
This is the other end going out to our deck. Honestly, I’ve never really figured out a good furniture arrangement for this space. It’s so chopped up by doors.
It’s not really a usable seating space so we have basically used it as a hallway.
It’s the entry to the deck, the back porch and the garage.
All sort of muddled together…

I know many people hesitate to paint paneling because they think it won’t hold up.
We primed and painted 2 coats. It’s been over a year and it’s still in near perfect condition.
There are a few scratches along the baseboards where we have hit it with the vacuum.
I really need to get those touched up…

Painting the fireplace was a big decision as well but I don’t regret it one bit.
Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith.
I had no idea how this room was going to turn out but it ended up being a huge improvement.
After all, it’s just paint.