How is this summer going? I do not know how it is where you live, but here we are having an incredible heat. When we moved into the new house last May, what I liked most was the amount of light it had and that it was well oriented … until the heat came.
The facade faces south, and on that facade we have the entrance of the house, the living room, and four bedrooms (two above and two below). The only thing that gets rid of the sun is the kitchen, which is cooler especially if we open the terrace door.
The point is, from the sunrise until nearly three o’clock the sun comes into half of the room.
As the sun revolves still have plenty of light but at least no direct sun shines.
What we do is to leave the windows open at night to let fresh air come in, and close them to the first rays of the sun. We also have to close the shutters outside.
I decided it was about time to lighten the house so it could feel fresher, and I decided to get rid of so much brown. I found the coffee table curbside and it waits patiently for its makeover, as well as the table we have right behind the couch. I wanted a quick project and the fireplace was the victim.
This is going to be a two-part project. The first and easier one is this, paint the bricks. What I am going to do with the upper part will be part of another blog post.
I want to make it clear that I have nothing against the wooden furniture in its natural color; my house has been decorated in colonial style for many years, and the cabinet with marquetry which we use as TV stand would never be painted. Tastes change and now I prefer light-colored furniture and have unique pieces in its natural color.
Back to the subject, the first thing was to mask the cassette to prevent it from painting. Then I used my DIY chalk paint thinned with just a bit of water to make it runnier.
I did the same with the bricks. As I didn’t liked the gray-ish color it had, I gave it another coat but this time less diluted.
It was done in less than an hour!
I still have to work in the top of the fireplace and once it is done, the next thing will be making some new curtains. The curent ones came from my previous home and they fit so well there. I bought a big piece of fabric from Ribes y Casals for 9€, and I did the two curtains anf four cushions… that’s the best part of DIY, decor in a budget!!
I hope you enjoy my fireplace (half) makeover and don’t hate my for painting it 😉 Stay tunned for the final reveal!
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