For an easy fireplace upgrade you can do yourself, take a (web)page from Terri Klemm. The design pro and blogger transformed her dark and dated fireplace into something bright and beautiful by whitewashing the brick. Here’s how: White paint with an eggshell finish was brushed on in small sections, and then wiped down with rags to remove most of the paint. (She did two coats like this, to achieve the lightness she was looking for). For a finishing touch, she sanded over all the bricks with a medium grit sanding sponge. This brought touches of the original color through and gave her the rich texture she felt was missing after the whitewashing.
This light and bright living room features a pair of neutral sofas accented with colorful green and blue pillows. A neutral stone table sits at the center and atop a sisal rug, while a lantern chandelier hangs above. A whitewashed fireplace with a dark brown wood mantel adds an eye-catching touch.
The real show piece in the new living room is the newly designed but old-world inspired fireplace. The surround was built out using vintage bricks and covered in white mortar for a whitewashed and textured finish that makes it look as if it had been there for generations.
This living room features a whitewashed fireplace with a dark wood mantle. White ceramic vases sit on top of the mantle, while a mirror hangs above. A natural wood coffee table and sisal area rug are positioned in front of a tan sofa with colorful pillows. A wrought iron chandelier provides a finishing touch.
Debbie Talianko placed color and accents strategically around the room to highlight a coastal theme. The distressed mirror creates a focal point on the whitewashed fireplace, while two armchairs with striped pillows are part of a foursome that complete the conversation area.
Clean and modern sconces add a contemporary note to the whitewashed brick fireplace, while a palm frond adds a touch of greenery to the wood mantel. A pair of modern hot pink armchairs are accented by chrome and flank a glam side table.
Board and batten paneling gets a modern update with a coat of blue paint. Black rockers lined up on the front porch give off a classic Southern vibe. The whitewashed stone fireplace creates a cozy outdoor sitting area next to the grilling station.
A custom-made table can expand and retract as needed to reveal various board games and has four stools tucked underneath, just waiting for family and friends to use during game night, as seen on Cousins Undercover.
A beamed and vaulted living room decorated by Georgia designer Sally Draughon features a stone fireplace, double gold chandeliers, a monochromatic palette, provincial furniture with a whitewash and accessories such as glass obelisks on the mantel. The home served as the 2017 Design House for the Historic Macon Foundation.
With beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, this cottage living room features sliding glass doors that create a seamless transition to the outdoor living space. The cozy seating area centers on the stacked stone fireplace, while whitewashed plank ceiling keeps the space light and airy.
This open and airy room features a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace in the same neutral, whitewashed tones that permeate the decor of the entire house. A wood plank ceiling runs the length of the space, adding architectural interest and setting the tone for the home's rustic-modern style.
Whitewashed exposed wood beams give this living room a lofty, airy feel. Two sofas create the look of a sectional, but with more versatility. Floor poufs sit in front of the white brick fireplace to be used as extra seating or a foot rest.
This rustic neutral kitchen is charming with whitewashed exposed beams, a pro-grade gas range and checkerboard floor. A long trestle table, placed in front of the fireplace, provides ample seating for entertaining.
The room's soft color palette allows the structural elements to stand out. A large brick pass-through fireplace and exposed wood ceiling beams add rustic charm to this elegant bedroom. A sparkling gold chandelier adds a touch of glam to the whitewashed wood bed with muted blue bedding.