Mini makeover: The Fireplace

There are many reasons that I fell in love with this house, but towards the top of the list was the fact that it has 3 fireplaces. I love a good fire…drink in hand, warm glow from the fireplace, and usually some form of dessert…sigh, perfect. When I first laid eyes on the family room fireplace, I thought that I would definitely be painting the rock white, but now that we have been here a couple of months, it has actually grown on me. I also found out that the rock is Granite, quarried right here in Utah. Well, that makes it a little harder to just paint over. The walls will eventually be going Metropolitan, a gray with blue undertones, by Benjamin Moore. I am hoping that this will help the gray tones in the Granite stand out and the pinky tones recede…only time will tell.

BEFORE: While the dental molding is beautiful, it didn’t stand out and the fireplace needed a good scrubbing. I was actually worried that the glass had been damaged by the fire, but with some elbow grease and my favorite Norwex cleaning rags, it all came right off! These pictures are from our 1st walk through of the house.

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I love the fireplace in Original Pancake House, at the Midvale location. This is what I originally intended to do, give the entire fireplace a coat of fresh white paint.


Instead, I used this High Heat spray paint by Rust-oleum, to update the brass surround to black. I purchased mine at Home Depot.

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I went to town on the taping and covering as I didn’t want to take any chances of getting it on the granite. I did 2 coats of the high-heat paint, letting it dry about an hour in between coats. Such an easy update! I can’t wait to do it on my other two fireplaces. The paint on the mantel is two-coats of paint that I had from our last house: Glidden Trim, Door, & Furniture Paint in High Gloss Bright White. I love this paint! It is a gel formula, so it is very easy to use and leaves no brush marks. The only downside is it has a strong smell. I wore a mask and gloves (it doesn’t like to come off hands without paint thinner, so wear gloves!), as well as having all the doors and windows open. I painted it while the kids were at school, that way, the odor had dissipated by the time they got home.

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The white paint really makes it a feature of the room now! Someday the walls will be gray, with all the oak trim painted white. I will do a follow-up post when I get that completed. The bookcases are from our Pottery Barn Kids Wall Unit, that was in the basement play area, at our last home (see pic below). I didn’t have a place for it in this house, so I took the center portion out and used these as freestanding book shelves. Eventually…you’ll hear a lot of “Someday” and “Eventually” on this blog:)…there will be custom built-ins here with doors to hide all the movies, but for now they do the job. This entire makeover cost me under $20, all I had to buy was the high-heat paint and a new mask.


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Extremely pleased with the results and all done in an afternoon! I haven’t quite decided what to do with the raised hearth. It is not Granite, like the other rock, we are pretty sure that it is concrete. There are a few stains that I haven’t been able to remove, debating if I should use a concrete paint and refinish it too. Thoughts on that?

Another post coming this week on the boys bathroom remodel…until then, have a great week!


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