Painted Brick Fireplace

I ran across this photo the other day and couldn't help but do a little 'before/after' collage. A few years ago, we had our entire home painted. After a bit of discussion, we decided to have the brick fireplace painted too. Honestly, it seemed risky at the time. But I think it is the best decision we made. Our fire place is now a focal point. The dark brown brick and the black mantle are a bit unusual- which is what makes them interesting.
These photos were taken just before I began my journey in home decor and blogging. Everyone needs a few good 'before' pictures. And for some reason, they are all during Christmas. I tend to take a lot of photos during Christmas :)
Please ignore my crazy bangs. Instead-notice the curtains-- when I finally found the 'right' ones, we hung them high! Add height to your room by getting those rods as close to the ceiling as possible.

In this same batch of photos I found glimpses of our kitchen when it had the 'veggie' wallpaper border. I tried to convince myself that I could live with it. But I just couldn't. It doesn't mean 'veggie' wallpaper is bad. I just didn't love it. So I picked a little off. And you know what happens when you do that...
See the 'Vegetable' border along the top of the wall? It wasn't my style.  The wall color here was also yellow.
Our breakfast area (which we've always used as a sitting area) used to house a bright red microfiber couch, a mulit-colored striped rug and brown crepe silk swag curtains.  Oh and a lobster on the wall. It's funny to see how your style can change over the years. Now that same area has black/ivory wingback chairs, a sheep skin rug and burlap curtain panels.
To me, these photos just go to show the power of some paint. And if you don't like your house, you can change it. Sometimes taking that risk-- makes all the difference in the world.


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-You can find all my paint colors here: Crafty Texas Girls Paint Colors
-And if you want to know how I ended up with a red microfiber couch in my kitchen, then read this!

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  1. Your home is beautiful Samantha! And I agree paint can do wonders! I have transformed my home too with paint!

  2. Wow..what a difference paint makes! Your home looks so sophisicated, but also cozy now. :)

  3. That fireplace looks great! I've been struggling with the decision to paint our brick. Yours is just a positive confirmation! :) Oh...also love your entertainment center...another thing on our to-do list. Happy weekend!

  4. I truly love bricks, but I have to say that the color you picked works so beautifully in your space, and really transforms the feel. Well done!

  5. 1- your hair and bangs are great.
    2- your house is lovely
    3- your curtains are perfect for the room!!
    4- I'm stopping by from Serenity Now and you should be one of the features!

  6. Thanks for sharing this Samantha. Your home looks wonderful

  7. I love the painted fireplace and really everything else that you have done! We all evolve over time. I thought the bangs were cute, but you are beautiful and could probably pull off a mullet!

  8. I loved this post! The power of paint is ahhhmayzing. I used to teach the paint classes at our local home improvement store and it is so fun to convince people to take risks and see how happy they are with the results! The curtains are great, your house is gorgeous.

  9. LOVE painted brick! This looks great!! Newest follower!

    Jenna @ rainonatinroof.com

  10. i dunno...i think i liked that veggie wallpaper...just kidding! your home looks amazing! i love the dark fireplace, and clearly your kitchen reno. i wish the boyfriend would let me paint our brick house, but he's majorly against it. maybe i should show him your pictures!

  11. I don't know where to begin. I just love everything you have done. And, yes paint makes a huge difference. I'm jealous over your fireplace. I miss ours.

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  12. I love the color of your fireplace - great choice!
    I painted mine too ( safe white lol )

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