John and Alice's Family Room link party

A Painted Brick Fireplace, A Winner, and Addicts (not so) Anonymous No. 3

Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Hello everyone!  It’s time once again to show off what you’ve been working on.

I’ve been working on painting, painting, and more painting.  Kitchen cabinets, trim, fireplace, doors.  I’m so ready to move on to something else!!  But I finally got John & Alice’s fireplace completely painted.  I nixed the two-tone idea, and just went with a solid light gray for the whole thing.  Here’s how it started out…

fireplace before

Busy, busy, busy!!!  And now, with the mantle removed, and the busy brick painted a solid color, it looks calm and clean…

fireplace after

Sooooo much better.  Now if I can just figure out how to get the brass screen off, I’ll take it outside and give it a coat of black high temp spray paint, which will basically make it disappear.  And then I have to find (or make) something fabulous to hang on the fireplace, since I’m not adding a mantle.

So that’s the latest project I’ve finished.  I know it’s not terribly exciting at this point, but hopefully it will be more so once I get the decorating finished.

One more order of business before we get to this week’s link party. I have a winner for this month’s $100 gift card drawing! The winner for the month is Anne Sullivan, whose winning comment was on this post. Congrats, Anne! Just send me an e-mail to [email protected] and tell me what home improvement or home decor store you’d like your gift card from!

I’m linking this post to:

So now it’s your turn.

Please limit your links to projects completed in the last month.  Thanks in advance!!
What should you post?
  • Décor-related DIY projects;
  • Room transformations (outdoor rooms, front porches, patios, and decks count, too!!);
  • Furniture before and afters;
  • Holiday décor;
  • and any other home-related decorating item you’ve worked on.

What should you NOT post?

  • Recipes;
  • Party ideas;
  • Kids’ crafts;
  • Clothing/Accessories/Jewelry;
  • Your Etsy store;
  • Your giveaway;
  • and anything else not directly related to interior (or even exterior) decorating.
Ready to link up?  It’s easy!
  1. Add the link to your specific blog post to the link party below (be sure it’s the permalink to a specific post, and not your general blog URL);
  2. Be aware that if you link here, your project may be highlighted here on the A2D blog, the A2D Inspiration files, or the A2D Facebook page (credited and linked to your blog);
  3. Grab the code for the button below and add it to your post so that others can join in the fun (or just add a text link on your post leading back here);
  4. Take a look at other projects linked up here, and be sure to leave comments so they know you’ve visited!!




Alrighty, link ‘em up!

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    May 1, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I am looking at the before pic thinking how that frame could be painted, print removed and turned into a message board or something else cool. Hope you got to keep it or get to re-purpose it for them!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    May 1, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Michelle, I was thinking the same thing when I looked at that "before" picture! I honestly have no idea where that picture ended up, but I'm definitely going to look for it and see what I can do with it.

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    Vivienne @ The V Spot
    May 1, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Thanks for hosting!

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    Beverly Johnson Pennington
    May 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    thank you for hosting – I meant to comment the day you painted the bricks – I love how the bookcase now just blends right in – so much better than the oak!

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    Kim Perdew
    May 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I LOVE the transformation on that fireplace. My boss is doing the same thing – painting brick – and several people have given him grief. I told him that if that is what makes he and his wife happy, if they are tired of the outdated look of the multi-color bricks……to GO FOR IT.

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    May 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    What a difference that makes, all painted white like that creates a very clear, calm and tranquil mood. You traded a more cluttered look for elegance and simplicity, I love that!

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    Terri Roberts
    May 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I've been enjoying your link parties, and love looking at other blogs to see what they are doing. It's kinda like that old commercial.. "if you tell two friends and they tell two friends, and so on and so on" I'm finding all kinds of great ideas and "how to's". Thanks!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    May 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Kim, I've had people give me grief over painting brick as well. I don't know what it is about brick and wood, but there are those people who just can't IMAGINE painting it!! But when what you have is completely outdated, paint is a miracle worker.

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    Anne Sullivan
    May 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you so much for your contest, and I'm still in disbelief that I won! 😀 I sent you an email with the info. 🙂

    And as always, thank you so much for the link party, I really enjoy reading everyone's posts!

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    Kimberlea @ SavVy DeCor
    May 2, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I didn't realize a link party was going on when I stopped by to check out the fire place. Thanks for the party and GREAT JOB on the fire place. It looks amazing!!!

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    May 2, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Looks great! As far as the brass, in my last place I couldn't remove mine due to the mortar but I just used ALOT of painters tape and press in seal glad wrap – under the tape and over- and spray painted mine black. No residue left over! Not sure if cuz of my OCD w/ the products but … still turned out fine!

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    wholesale clothes
    May 3, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I like the art design.

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    May 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Beautiful!! What color did you paint the fireplace?