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Monday, March 18, 2013

Chalkboard Brick Fireplace Makeover

The bad news is I busted my bootie last week to prep the basement for a game day party that was suppose to happen at our house this past Saturday, but........our beloved Cats lost on Friday night.  So there was no Saturday game.  I'm still in shock.  Add to that yesterday was Selection Sunday, and we didn't get into the NCAA tournament.  Instead of March Madness it's going to be March Sadness.  But enough college basketball talk..........

the good news is I finally completed a project that I started over a year ago!

zinsser primer

Unfortunately, I never got a good before picture of the fireplace in our basement.  We love having a fireplace down there.  It makes movie watching super cozy, especially during the winter.  We weren't, however, very thrilled with the hunter green marble surround.  It wasn't a good marble - you'll just have to trust me on that - and it made the fireplace look really dated.  I didn't want to invest the money in a new surround  - at least I'm not ready to do that right now - while I still have whole bathrooms that need to be renovated.  So I needed an inexpensive update.  What's better on the ol' budget than paint?!

Armed with inspiration from The Nester,

                                                              Source: thenester.com via Carmel (@ Our Fifth House) on Pinterest


I "re-bricked" this fireplace.

chalkboard brick fireplace makeover

It was pretty simple.  I just primed it with the stinky stuff - Zinnser, and then painted 2 coats of chalkboard paint.  Then I used a chalk pen to draw some bricks.  I'm going for a whimsical-meets-chic look (whatever that means) in the basement, so this chalkboard brick fireplace fits right in.  I didn't stop at the surround; I bricked the whole darn thing!

chalkboard paint fireplace makeover

chalkboard bricks - fireplace makeover

I have no idea why it took me so long to get this project done.  It wasn't hard or time consuming.  I guess when it comes right down to it - I'm a major procrastinator.  I guess I need to plan more parties.  Who knows what else will finally get done around here?! 

chalkboard bricks mantel

Nate Berkus made this red mirror just for me, so I bought 4 as a thank you.  They really make a statement hung as a group over the mantel.  The middle section was just begging me to scrawl a little something - so "hello" for now - but who knows what it'll say later?

chalkboard bricks fireplace mantel

chalkboard mantel decorating

 - Blue ceramic vases - West Elm - no longer available - sorry about your luck - seriously, I'm sorry 
 - White horse head  - Target - last fall   - not available  - again sorry 
 - Black and white vase   - Missoni for Target  - everyone has it - because it's awesome 
 - Little blue vase peeking out of the black and white vase - thrifted 
 - Succulent - faker than ......well, you know what  - from Hobby Lobby 
 - Books - Reader's Digest - ReStore
 - Floral painting - vintage paint by number found on Etsy
 - Wood and gold chevron box  - Nate Berkus for Target  - you need one - it's awesome - it hides the gas key for the fireplace - form and function - best of both worlds! 

So if a sad moment has a silver lining - this it it.  The party never happened  -but my basement looks a bagillion times better than it did a week ago.  And the Cats will be back next year -  make no mistake about that!

And now to ponder the truly important things in life, I wonder when I'll tire of chalkboard paint?


Apparently it's an obsession.  I don't see it coming to an end anytime soon.  I really love using it in unexpected ways.  Are you a fan of chalkboard paint? 



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51 comments:

  1. I feel your pain about our CATS, but your fireplace looks amazing. I love that you bricked it all the way up. The red mirrors are so perfect! I am a chalkboard paint lover myself. I've got a little project I've been pondering. I think you may have inspired me to stop procrastinating.

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  2. LOVE it!!! I am equally obsessed with chalkboard paint. Cheap, charming...what's not to love? The fireplace looks so cute. :)

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  3. this is AWESOME!!! so so fun! sorry there was no party. you should just have a "AWESOME FIREPLACE PARTY!!!!" i would come to that more than i would come to a bball party. just sayin.

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  4. This is sooo creative, Carmel. I don't think I've seen anyone do this before :) xo Kristin

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  5. So clever! I love how this turned out! Those red mirrors are FAB, and I love how this all came together. I don't see myself tiring of chalkboard paint anytime soon - so many uses - the possibilities are endless!

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  6. What a unique idea & a great show stopper. You did a great job accessorizing.

    Amelia

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  7. Yes, a lot of mourning going on around here, too. Can you believe that?? I guess I'll just watch and cheer for all of the underdogs (and eat a bunch of junk).

    The mantel looks great. So much fun :)

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    1. It's a total 180 from last year - it's just so unbelievable!

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  8. Wow, what a cool project! Love how simple it is but what a big impact it makes. (And those Nate mirrors are awesome grouped together!)

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  9. Looks amazing! I was just looking at our brick the other day and thinking it needs something, I might have to do this now because I love chalkboard too!

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  10. Love it! I'm not sure I'd have thought to go all the way up, but it really makes it. And, by the way, feel free to cheer for my Hilltoppers!

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  11. I would never have thought of this, but LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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  12. This looks amazing! I'm officially on the hunt for something to paint with chalk board paint.

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  13. I'm drooling over this. So cool!!

    Sorry about your team. You can still hold out for me beating my basketball obsessed brother in the pool. It happens ever year.

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  14. Another fabulous project! Love the whimsy of the chalkboard bricks but sophistication of your accessories. Perfection!

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  15. Carmel!

    I TOTALLY love this!!!! I am so bummed about the Cats. :( My boys both picked Louisville to win it all in their brackets!

    Totally pinning this. :)

    Happy day to you!
    karianne

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  16. Super cool. And I am with you on the project procrastination...need to plan another party routine. That's how it all gets done! ;)

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  17. I would have never thought to do something like this....what a brilliant idea! It looks SO good!

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  18. I LOVE this...so beautiful!

    ~Sarah

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  19. SO creative and fun ~ perfect for the basement! I love the four mirrors, Nate did a good job for you! :)

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  20. That is so creative and cute! You should have had a party anyway!

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  21. I love this chalkboard paint twist! I also love how you aren't scared of color...can you share some of that with me please :)

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  22. I am still crying, March Sadness indeed. I was at that game, total disappointment!!! There is always next year, that is what I have to keep telling myself!!!

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  23. Totally fabulous from the clever bricks to the mirrors and styling-love it as usual!

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  24. What a creative way to update your fireplace! It looks awesome! And those red NB mirrors are PERFECTION!

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  25. Love this so much. Sorry about your Cats. Couldn't believe they didn't get in :( Have been wanting to ask you about Paleo & saw on IG that all your slacks are too big so it must be working!?!?

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    1. I'm sharing a Paleo recipe tomorrow! The paleo life has been so great for me!

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  26. This is such an ingenious idea! I love the option to change the word - such a nice touch. Just wanted to let you know that we'll be featuring this at Someday Crafts tomorrow! Come by and check it out if you have a minute!

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  27. We had a sad weekend too after the cats lost. My husband was especially torn up over the loss. I remember this project from the nester, I have to admit it was not my favorite, looks cheap, but it is fun and that is what life is about, but I do like a lot of the projects from the nester. I like chalkboard paint too but I think it is easy too over do it.

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  28. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!! It looks absolutely amazing and definitely adds some whimsy-chicness thats fo sho!

    You go girl!

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  29. Found you via Someday Crafts and LOOOOVE this! I had my husband build me a faux fireplace in our living room in the fall and I love having one to decorate, incorporating this into my design somehow would be fun! Found you via Someday Crafts and am now following you on instagram!

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  30. I absolutely love this fireplace! I also found you on Someday Crafts and have connected with you on Facebook and Google+. I hope you might take a look at my blog!

    Maggie @ thelovenerds.com

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  31. Your projects always kill it!!! So cool!!! And that brownie pie looks amazing!

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  32. LOVE that! I love the red Target mirrors. I snapped a pic of one of those for Instagram recently. I love the way you put the four together. The chalked brick looks very modern and cool and totally updates a "usual" fireplace! Love it!!!
    Well done.

    Laura
    House Envy

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  33. So stinking cute!!!! What a creative idea.

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  34. Love the mirrors. Love the chalkboard surround. And love your blog! Great stuff

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  35. Shut up...that is so cute I can't stand it!

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  36. OMG! I am in love. This looks amazing. I love everything about it, especially how you accessorized it. Please share this on linky party http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/03/sunday-linky-party-1.html

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  37. Oh wow! The little "hello" in the middle is super cute and unexpected. The whole grouping is amazing.

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