No matter how much I pushed and prodded, and produced photo after photo of lovely painted brick fireplaces, Hubby never budged on the don’t-paint-the-brick policy in the townhouse. Given that there were so few things he was adamant about, decor-wise, I knew I would be entering serious bad-wife territory if I just primed and painted it when he wasn’t looking (not that I didn’t ponder it a time or two, paint brush in hand).
When we bought the lakehouse, I was over the moon with the composite, concrete fireplace because it wasn’t sacred, can’t-paint-it brick. Score! Pass me a paint brush and let me have at it.
I immediately pictured charcoal grey paint covering the whole thing – knotty pine included – paired with freshly painted black fireplace doors and grates (goodbye gold). Imagine my chagrin when Hubby vetoed painting this fireplace too!! Womp womp. His reasoning: it matches the outside of the house. My reasoning: that composite (and the siding) needs a dose of dark grey too!!
Now, I understand not painting stuff. If the fireplace was chic and awesome, I’d leave it alone:
But ours is nothing special: it’s builder’s basic and isn’t even real stone.
Someday I’d love to re-do the whole thing with something more modern and streamlined. Drool:
Smooth or stone or brick, I’m just really loving grey right now for a fireplace, and ours has such potential to look this gorgeous:
|House and Home|
|The Brick House|
|Kirsten Sessions Photography|
Like a bad kid, I already swiped on a stripe of primer (only on the pine!!), but I’ll admit that I stood there, brush in hand, staring at the stone for a bit too long.
We have to convince Hubby to come to the dark (grey) side. Help?