Instant Update: Painted Fireplace

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Without a doubt, paint is one of the easiest ways to give a room an instant update while remaining loyal to a slim budget. When I moved into my fixer-upper last spring, my den was in need of a serious face-lift. One look and it was immediately obvious the brick fireplace and surrounding built-ins were going to spend quite a bit of quality time with a paintbrush.

After removing the shelving above the built-ins and the doors from the cabinetry to the left, I applied several coats of oil-based primer to prevent any stains from showing through and to give the later coats of paint a solid surface to adhere to.

Once a few solid coats of primer were good and dry, I followed up with several coats of flat white paint on both the brick fireplace and built-ins.


Accesorizing with new (and inexpensive) cabinet pulls and a basket for hiding away quilts and throw blankets, this cozy new den was moving full speed ahead.


Finally the time had come to bring in furniture and kick back and enjoy my newly revamped den. A simple project, with a huge impact.

– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.

Photo Credits: Live the Home Life

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