Updating a 1970′s Brick Fireplace
My mother lives in a 1970′s ranch style house with a modern element; the house is not rectangular. It sits as a very fat, obtuse angle – sort of. At the point of the angle in the rear of the house is a hexagonal shaped livingroom. Always an odd room to decorate, it has two windows, two sliding-glass doors, a large opening into the house’s entrance, and a monster opening into the kitchen/dining area.
As you can see, the brick is a 1970′s style that dominates the room. Mom wanted a more subdued brick color after she and I repainted the walls a buttery yellow.
Not wanting to paint the brick a solid color, we used a 1:1 mixture of paint and water, using a fairly dry brush to spread the paint. We had to experiment with the amount of paint to use and how much to wipe off, but we found the look Mom wanted.
Immediately after spreading the paint, we used a cut up t-shirt to wipe the bricks and grout dry. It left a cloudy, softer finish that Mom really liked. The effect is an updated, white-washed look which blends in nicely with the new paint, toning down the buttery yellow walls.
Need a beefier mantle, don’t you think? I’ll share more pictures of the decorations when we finish the room.
There are wedding bells ringing around our house. Kid#2 Rich and Heather are getting married in September. Plans are in full swing for an outdoor ceremony and bar-be-que dinner afterwards. Rick and I are eager to add Heather and her two small children, Caleb and Madison, to our quiver.
Heather really wants to go to Las Vegas for the honeymoon. Heather’s such a great girl she might even let Rich tag along. He may have to beg.
Y’all have a great week!