Talk about a difference color makes in a room. Let me just say one more time how truly ugly this family room was in 1992! Notice the dark, dark paneling, that absolutely drove me up the wall as we said in those days. Just seeing this photo reminds me of all people said whenever, I mentioned painting the paneling and fireplace. If I ever hear, “you can’t do that to that paneling…it was put up raw and stained.” To that I would quickly say, “Oh, just watch me hire the painters, and then I’ll paint that ugly brick fireplace.” Now you know why this is known as “the ugliest fireplace ever”…that is unless you have one identical and you can fix it easily, too. (Please overlook the wide gap in this post, caused by the sleeve for that old 35mm camera from the ’90s.)
Looking carefully you will notice also, that the Michel Delacroix print, that was hanging above the 1992 mantle is now hanging over the green library table to the left of the fireplace. Notice that the old brass frame is now replaced by the black wooden frame. The last photo shows the updated firescreen, we bought at Tuesday Morning. That brass one was not about to get re-installed after all the effort to update that room.
Seriously, don’t live with a room that you cannot love without attempting to make it an enjoyable space. You can read details of what we went through making the decision to paint our fireplace and mantle ourselves! Remember Bob (my husband) was not easily convinced that paint was the answer. And truly it was the answer to make our family room a joy to live in and entertain our family and guests over the years. Here’s the answer. Thanks for dropping by. I’m linking to these great blogs this week: