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Blue Fireplace Makeover with Chalk Paint

I have a WOW makeover for you today: a blue fireplace makeover with chalk paint (this post is a collaboration with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®) – you caught a little sneak peek of this project when I shared my Mom’s mid-century modern inspired dining room makeover.

Teal Blue Fireplace Makeover with Chalk Paint

My Mom was technically given landlord permission to paint this apartment and, after he saw her gorgeous stairwell makeover, seemed pretty confident in our design choices.  But I was really, really nervous he wouldn’t like the changes we made – especially this bold blue fireplace (and the wallpaper we hung, and the light we replaced, and the ceiling we painted aqua – we definitely took some creative liberties), but I knew it could all be un-done and restored to beige.  I didn’t touch anything that wasn’t already painted (like the wood pocket door in the dining room, which I resisted the urge to refinish haha)!  But still, my design choices can tend toward the bold and the blue, so I know my aesthetic is not everyone’s cup of tea.  Last week he checked on something in the apartment and it was time for the moment of truth!  Happily, she told me he … (drumroll please) loved it all!  Whew!  I’m so happy.  All we have to do upon exiting this apartment is touch up the paint.  I really love the bones of this older home and I think we’ve restored some homeyness.

DIY Painted Brick Fireplace

Mom has always loved my all charcoal grey fireplace/accent wall situation but she’s never lived anywhere with a fireplace – which was always her dream.  So having this fireplace is a sweet perk.  The only downside is that some renovations to the building turned a formerly centered fireplace into an off-centered one, accentuated by the TV positioned to the left (where the cable hooks up).  To recreate the look from my house – and also to help blend in the big black TV – I decided to paint the whole wall, fireplace and TV stand the same inky color.  I chose a blue, a little bolder than my charcoal wall but also less dark.  The verdict?  Mom LOVES it!  The ceilings are really tall and both ends of the apartment have huge windows, so it can carry a moody color like this and the end result is cozy and inviting.

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Here’s a reminder of the before, which was perfectly lovely – the white brick and white trim with beige walls is a clean and classic look.  I just wanted to add more WOW for my Mom, who doesn’t love beige walls at all.

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The painting above the newly painted blue fireplace is a DIY I quickly whipped up!  I used some scrap wood and made a frame, which I painted with some leftover gold spray paint (click here for my canvas framing tutorials).  And the “sconces” are a DIY hack I’m on the fence about – but I’ll share the scoop on those later.

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I love the cozy vibes and I think the new blue – which morphs from teal to blue to grey as the light changes – looks great with the brass gas fireplace insert.  I can’t wait to decorate this blue fireplace for the holidays!  I think a pop of orange will look so good for fall decor but I’m already dreaming about winter.  Won’t it look so great with a cream and gold color scheme?  With lots of natural greenery garland and some sparkle…  I don’t really have a mantle, so I am really looking forward to styling my Mom’s!

Blue Brick Fireplace Makeover

Painting the brick was really easy, just a little time consuming.

Colorful Fireplace Paint

This brick has much more texture than the stone on my fireplace, so it took longer, but I used the same method I used when painting my faux stone fireplace.  I take an old paint brush and push the paint in, using a dab-dab-dab motion to get the paint into every nook and cranny.  I partnered with Annie Sloan for this makeover and tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® for this painted fireplace, because it adheres to anything and I thought the matte finish would look cool and velvety.  I also liked that I could easily use it on the walls and the TV stand as well, for a matchy-matchy look.  I was originally also going to dye some linen fabric for my fake sconces with this paint, but decided against it.  I worried they might look like speakers, haha!

The color is chose is called Aubusson Blue, which is a really gorgeous shade.

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I am new to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and the first coat is really streaky but the second coat covers really well and has a really luxurious matte finish.  Painting the brick with this paint was no different than using other paint because I push the paint in, not brush it on, but painting the mantle was a different story.  You can’t overwork this paint – just paint a first coat, let dry and have faith in the coverage of the second (or third coat).  Too much brushing creates brush strokes so this paint requires a little patience and a little practice, if I’m being honest!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Honest Thoughts

For any remaining areas, I used a small artist’s brush to get paint into the deepest crevices of the brick and around the gas fireplace insert.

Teal Blue Fireplace Makeover with Chalk Paint

Here you can see a little sneak peek of the wall to the left – and how the dark Aubusson Blue wall helps the TV blend in.  My charcoal grey fireplace really helps disguise the TV (especially because we splurged on a Samsung Frame TV) but the blue does a good job too.  I’m still considering doing something to that part of the wall… a gallery wall of art behind the TV? Shelves? Maybe keep the focus on the fireplace?  I’m not sure but you’ll see more of this living room after I figure it out – today I wanted to focus on the gorgeous blue fireplace!

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  1. August 10, 2020 / 10:47 am

    so pretty! your mom’s house is coming along so nicely!

  2. missboots
    August 10, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    Just gorgeous!

  3. Wilma Hovius
    August 10, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    love it all.

  4. Mia
    August 10, 2020 / 5:12 pm

    Haha, I was mentally decorating the mantel too! Looks so cozy and fireplace weather just around the corner for you guys.

    • August 10, 2020 / 11:03 pm

      Yes, we are definitely on the cusp of fireplace weather for sure so I’m super excited to spend time with Mom here.

  5. Oona
    August 10, 2020 / 5:48 pm

    Okay, I know we’re all a little nuts from being shut in so long, so I’m going to go ahead and admit that I’ve been watching with half-held breath to see how the landlord visit went! I mean, he’s not going to evict a longtime, trusted tenant for doing a lovely renovation, right? Still, the suspense has been fun and the reaffirmation of your design instincts must feel really good. Congrats to you and your mom for pulling this one off under difficult circumstances. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the sconces, which I picked out as a favorite detail before I read your comments. I have a very dark living room, and am looking for something like these. And the painting! So beautiful.

    • August 10, 2020 / 11:08 pm

      I have honestly lost sleep over this because I got so swept up in beautifying and updating and then totally realized this our not our property lol. Other people pointed out he could have been really mean and kept the deposit or just flipped out lol. I would have felt really bad if he hated it. But it’s kind of like he got to appear on Trading Spaces without knowing it, haha. I am honestly relieved he loved it because I love the building and wanted to add beauty not make anyone upset. My intentions were pure and I did choose things that were a lot less nutty and more “sellable” than my usual style. I’m so glad you like it too! I like delivering fun content, especially now, with so many more hours logged in ther home. I’m happy I can help provide a little entertainment. I’ll let you in on a sconce secret: they are wooden frames we hung over the existing sconces!! It’s a hack just to hide them but the fake shades throw the light in such a pretty way.

  6. August 10, 2020 / 9:48 pm

    Wow Tanya, it’s looking so good!

  7. Liz in Calgary
    September 8, 2020 / 6:18 pm

    “Too much brushing creates brush strokes so this paint requires a little patience and a little practice, if I’m being honest!”

    this is the kind of sponsored post we like to see! Honest is good, tips like these are the kinds of things your friend would tell you, not something you’d expect from sponsored content ;D

    and just my 2 cents, but would it work to run the tv cables just around the edge of the room to where the tv works better? the floors are gorgeous and I suppose the cabling could get clunky, but just a thought I had. I’m sure you’ll figure something out lol

    • September 8, 2020 / 11:17 pm

      I’m so glad you like my review! I definitely try to be brutally honest, even for sponsored content, but I do stack the deck by trying to work with brands I already do, or would want to, purchase from, lol.

      To be honest I haven’t taken a good look at the cabling. It comes out of this wall and that’s where every other tenant has put the TV so we plopped it there too. To place the TV on another wall (there’s only a wall opposite this, there’s a big window and dining room entry on the adjacent two walls), the cables would have to run across or over doorways, so I think it’s why it has just stayed where it is. It’s so tricky in a rental because I’m a little bit limited – I’d want to go into the basement and re-route it lol.

  8. Amber Pitts
    September 16, 2022 / 5:07 pm

    I’m obsessed with this!!! Did you have to use a sealer or wax after the paint?

    • September 16, 2022 / 9:16 pm

      I didn’t seal or wax, because when I waxed a TV stand I had painted the same color I didn’t love the sheen. I preferred the matte look and it has held up perfectly! No scratches or chips – it’s still perfectly intact, even after lots of use (we redecorated the mantel so many times a year and tape things and scrape things lol).

  9. Jeanine
    October 26, 2022 / 12:17 pm

    What is the. Name of this color?

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