save the drama for your mama…
The fireplace in my studio was begging to be “purdied up” a little bit.
Don’t mind the paint smudge…I was testing a color. 🙂
The lanterns needed to come down because I hung the twig chandelier and it needed to take center stage. And it was all looking a little too, well sweet. The fireplace needed to be more of a focal point in the room. A perfect backdrop for a little drama. Not the Real Housewives of whatever-land kind of drama (are these women for real?), but some visual drama.
So I stripped everything away. What a sad little pitiful fireplace. But so much potential.
I laid out a stripe pattern that I liked. It was a little tricky because of the curves. I mixed Annie Sloan’s Graphite and Paris Grey. 3 parts Graphite to 1 part Paris. And I painted the mantel to match.
Now before I get to the reveal. Here are some pretties that grace the mantel.
I still love this chippy old toolbox that was a roadside rescue.
And the hardware organizer with the suh-weet galvanized drawers was a recent find at my friend Karrin’s shop, Steeplechase Antiques. If you live anywhere in the vicinity of Barrington, Illinois you need to go visit this antiques shop. I’ve never, ever walked out empty handed. (My hubby can attest to that). 😉
Want a closer look? Ain’t she a beauty? 🙂
And now for the reveal…
Voila. A dramatic focal point in the room.
I’d like to point out that the styling is identical. Isn’t it amazing what a little bit of paint can do?
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