To create some drama in the living room, I decided to paint the mantel and fireplace black. A quick fix for an unattractive and lackluster mantel that makes my life so much better. I like drama in my decor, and very little in my personal life.
The details are pretty basic: use a good primer (Kilz or Bin Zinzer) and then use a good paint to go dark (high quality dark paints require fewer coats). I used Behr Marquee – Totally Black in my house. It’s the same color that I am painting many of the doors, inspired by Daniel from Manhattan Nest. The paint exceeded my expectations, BTW – I highly recommend it – I think it only took two coats to get full coverage, which is really impressive for dark paints.
The flesh toned color of the before was really not going it for me – see below. Yuck. Boring. Yawn.
And here is the after – WAAAH-BAM!
I love the black mantel and fireplace together with the brown leather chairs and bright white walls. Also, the black in the curtain hardware speaks to the black in the fireplace. I am really getting on board with the idea that every room needs at least a little black.
Go paint something black in an almost all-white house. It will make your life so much better.
PS. Fun fact – the all-white afghan on the chair to the right of the fireplace in the pic above was made by my mom. She crochets all the time and her work rocks.
That fireplace looks stellar
Thanks, Dani! I’m glad you like it.
Looks great. P.S. I have your Nathan’s twin.
Thanks, Alissa – I’m not sure I follow. Which Nathan?
Beautiful! Love that dark accent. Now you just need some colorful artwork on the mantel!
Thanks, Lydia! The colorful artwork is up in real life, I just need to get the pics on the blog. Hopefully in the next few days!
It’s a dramatic change for the better. Good job!
You have to count the cost of a new saw in the cost of the project.
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This project didn’t use a saw, mom. What am I missing?