The Desolation of Pink, Part Two

THE PINK HAS BEEN DEFEATED!!!

So between the turkey, the present-buying and the Christmas parties, I finally got the living room de-pinked! It took quite a bit of work and changes in plans, but it looks wonderful (at least in my opinion).

Other than a few places where I hit the ceiling with my paintbrush, painting the walls was a time consuming but relatively easy process. After a coat of primer and two coats of the paint, you can’t tell that the room once looked like the inside of an expired Pepto bottle. I ended up adding some white paint to the main wall color, as it was too close to the holy-fuck yellow I used for the accent wall and trimming. 

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The holy trinity of color! 

(The grease-spot looking things are my camera, BTW, not the actual walls, promise)

So now that the walls were done, I still had the fireplace to tackle. Over the days and weeks since my last post, I was slowly removing paint and scrubbing brick, with very bad results. The last layer of paint was just spreading all over the brick and just making it look muddy. So I decided to change tactics. Instead of removing the paint and possibly exposing myself to lead, I decided to paint over the ugly and make it look like brick again.

After searching the internet, I found a lovely blog by Brittany Bailey for DIY home stuff. I looked around and found this wonderful post about how to paint bricks to look like bricks. I was in love. Although I had a lot of other things I wanted to do and didn’t really have the extra cash, the obsessive side of me wanted the pink totally gone. And off to the store I went. Two stores and $30 later, I came back with two gallons of latex paint, five bottles of acrylic paint and a car wash sponge. I was not sure how much paint it would take, so I went with an entire gallon of Better Homes and Gardens Espresso Bean in flat latex and a gallon of oops paint in a greyish tan (at least, that’s what I thought). I primed the fireplace the day before, so it was nice and dry for the project.

But then I painted between the bricks and it came out looking like moss.

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A rolling fireplace gathers no moss?

Although it looked weird, I figured that the darkness of the brick colors will take focus off the green. And it did! I didn’t wait for the paint to dry because I was so excited about the project. I got my plates, filled them with paint and started dipping my sponge.

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The carnage of plates and paint during the project.

I am absolutely floored by how it came out. It looks so good! The mossy mortar doesn’t matter, as I predicted. The brick looks realistic and it was much easier to do than I expected. It took me about 3 hours to complete this, from changing into my paint clothes to wiping up the drips on the stone.

Drumroll please….

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Totally nailed it!

Holy crap! Look at that transformation!! New paint, new fireplace, new wall sconces!!! I painted the mantle a plain white to give the whole fireplace a nice clean look. This was later in the night and not in the three hours previously stated. It looks like a completely different room. I am so proud of myself for this one. Here are some glamour shots of the brick paint:

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So fracking beautiful!!

The fireplace tools and grate were a Goodwill find at the Crofton store (here for details) at $12 for the set. They look great there. I scrubbed the extra paint and fireplace gunk from the hearth tiles and they look very nice too. In the rest of the room I moved the furniture to where I want it. The room is still a bit barren, but at least everything is in its place.

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 Arnie approves of the couch, just not the lighting.

So, am I all done here? Not yet, unfortunately. Pictures need to be hung, walls need to be decorated and curtains need to be made. More to come soon!

I am still so giddy about that fireplace!!

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