Tuesday, April 05, 2016

More Fireplace Work

So, it's time we gave our fireplace tile a bit of a facelift. It's looking a bit chipped and grubby. And, I'll be honest, I don't love the mottled brown.

Before we talk facelift specifics, however, you should have a good idea of the house floor plan as the living room is intricately tied to our dining room (and, by extension, our kitchen).

In case the words of the plot plan are too tiny, here is a visual representation:

The walls of the living room (and fireplace) are currently painted a very light lavender. It's almost white, but not quite.

Eventually, they'll be painted the same color as the kitchen and dining room, which is Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore. It's a very light grey with a hint of beige.

It can be seen here:

And here:

Our kitchen cabinets are an unfortunately-named "Greige" color, and we have a white trim (Behr's Polar Bear).

Which leads us back to the fireplace. I don't have it in me to removed the tiles completely as they're solidly cemented to both the wall and floor. I like the design but not the color, which makes me think that I should just paint the whole thing.

I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the different colors on my monitor since the Light Pewter looks much greyer in person, but here it is in our mockup.

Option #1
Walls: Light Pewter
Tile: Greige

Option #2
Walls: Light Pewter
Tile: Polar Bear White

I like Option #2 much better, but frankly I'm still torn. I'm hesitant to paint the tiles white, especially since many of them are floor tiles, meaning that every piece of dog hair and dirt is going to make a beeline for them. 

I might paint a few pieces of paper and hang them on the fireplace to see how the colors do in our light conditions. 

We'll keep you posted. 



  1. I think that painting the fireplace something different to contrast it from the rest of the walls is a great idea. However, the kicker for me would be if there's not a clean edge between the fireplace and the wall. Does the fireplace curve/cove into the wall? If so, then I'd keep it all the same color. But if it does a sharp right-angle into the wall, then I'd paint the fireplace a separate color. It's just so very difficult to do a different color edge on a curved surface, and it is so hard to get right.

    I'm with you on the white tile-- not loving it.

    The light pewter looks so beige, and I'm not a fan of putty beige. But if it is greyer, then I'd go with something a few shades darker or lighter. The darker woudl go with the wood,I think, drawing out the darker empty space between the wood.

  2. Oh, good points, Jessika. Thanks! It looks terribly beige here and it's not really, at all. It's a basic light grey. The fireplace does unfortunately curve into the wall, otherwise I'd be tempted to do something shockingly bright. :)

    I think what I'll start with is painting the fireplace our standard light grey, like the rest of the walls. Then I'll primer the brick (White), see how that looks, and then paint it a darker grey if the white is awful.

    And the upside is that these are both small spaces that I can repaint easily if my first plan of attack doesn't work.

    Thanks for the advice.

  3. Good idea!

    Also, will you ever paint your baseboards? Not that you need to. But eventually, you might want something with a little less pop against the baseboard color.

    I actually said the other day at the paint shop "eeh, let's go with it. Paint is cheap(ish), and I can always paint it over." The paint gal hugged me. HA!

  4. I like the tiles. However, if you ever want a change, you could put a different face OVER the tiles. Something that ties in with the mantle. A wood overlay would be pretty easy to make and wouldn't need to be permanently secured.