creative fireplace makeover + german schmear and paint!

Like most fireplaces, ours sits as the center and focal point of our living room. After we bought our house I was very excited to begin working on some plans to make it stand out in a good way.

Here is a “BEFORE” shot of our fireplace:


And here is an “AFTER” shot!


There are still a few things to do, like remove the red brick tile hearth with something else and we want to add an electric fireplace insert, but I am truly loving the changes!

Here’s what we did:

  1. I used a technique called German Schmear on the brick. There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to do this, but I knew I didn’t want to use mortar like most of them suggested. So I found one that used paint instead. I just wanted the ability to paint over it easily if we decide to change it in the future (because we all know how I am, haha).

  2. Next we painted the upper part of the fireplace a yummy rich blue/green color. I picked “Meteorological” by Behr. I was a nervous wreck when we started painting since I don’t normally choose bolder colors. It went on a little “green” but dried into a deep tealish beauty. I love how the TV just melts away into the color and makes it seem like the TV isn’t the focal point.


3. After the paint dried, I really felt like we needed some cool lighting to “nestle” around the TV. I found these super cute and affordable brass lights with plug-in cords (and these lightbulbs) since there is no way we could wire lights through out plaster/brick fireplace. They did require a little assembly but it was pretty easy to hang. I feel like they add just the right pop of texture.


4. And then finally I wanted a way to elevate the TV just a little bit with some wood texture plus I wanted to hide all the cords. So I built a little shelf out of white pine and rubbed a stain over it to add some warmth to these cool colors. I really like how it tied everything together.


So there we have it! I really enjoy looking at this area now! I’m glad I was brave and chose the bolder color.

I’ll keep you guys updated on any changes we make to this area in the future!