It wasn't bad, truly it wasn't, but it needed to be lighted up a little! We tried a few different products to bring the wood back to life and make the tone not so red but it just wasn't working for us. Another thing I knew had to change was the red tiled hearth, and I knew exactly what I was going to do with it from the first time I saw it!
My precious friend Kaity spent her Friday night helping me tackle the hearth part of the project! Isn't she beautiful!?
[Also, can we take a second to acknowledge our dog, coming through with the photobomb of the year? Just look at that mean mug - hahahahaha]
Anywho...... We started by lightly sanding the tile to roughen it up so it would give the paint something to hold on to. Next, we taped around the tile to protect the wood floors and applied a coat of primer, followed by 2 coats of Amy Howard's chalk paint in "Selznick Grey."
Since I am not a good wall painter, and I am even worse when it comes to trimming and cutting in so I knew better than to try to paint the the mantle by myself. We hired VFL Painting to paint everything for us this time around. They did an amazing job and I can't write any more of this post without giving them credit because their hard work made the biggest difference in this space! If you are in the Knoxville area, be sure to check them out! We chose Benjamin Moore's "White Dove" as our trim color and that is also what they used on the mantle. Then we got to start on the most fun part; stenciling the tile!
Y'all already know that my love for Cutting Edge Stencils runs deep! I used the Amalfi Stencil (which you can buy here!) for this project. I used Amy Howard's "Bauhaus Buff" for the pattern. I applied it using a foam roller that had a light amount of paint on it. When stenciling, its important to not get a brush or roller too loaded with paint so that you can avoid bleeding in your pattern. You can watch a video of how I stenciled our laundry room floor here if you are a visual learner!
After repeating this process until everything had been stenciled, I applied 2 coats of a water based poly - my favorite is Minwax's Polycrylic in a satin finish.
tah-dah! Its crazy how much of a difference paint can make! I am still debating on whether I should paint the brass and brick or leave it original. Let me know what you think in the comments below; I can't wait to hear your thoughts!
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