Hiya guys! Clearly I am still here and I was not murdered, but let me tell you, it was a close call! Before we get into that story, let’s talk about week three of the One Room Challenge, shall we? If you missed week 1 or last week’s DIY Cable Railing, make sure you check those out first. This week was quite the adventure with paint and a close encounter with my very own true crime story. The good news is, no one was murdered, and I will not be appearing on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries, but we still have three weeks to go, so anything is possible, haha!
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First off, if you don’t already know, I am kind of obsessed with true crime, and binge podcasts like Crime Junkie, Serial, and Cold and definitely consider my own alibi several times a day. So when I couldn’t choose a paint color for our fireplace this week and thought there was a possibility my hubby might murder me, I made sure to let my mom know so she could send out the search party. More on this below. We started off the week with the fireplace looking like this.
After careful consideration and testing multiple paint samples, I gave the fireplace its first coat of paint with Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray and our paint sprayer.
At first, I loved it, but then it dried and had a very blue hue to it and made the walls look blue. Not to mention, it didn’t offer much contrast between the walls and the brick, which didn’t work for me.
Now I know we are talking about murder this week, but I promise this was not the set for the first episode of the new season of Dexter, haha! BUT I could not be more excited its coming back!!! This is just to protect everything from the overspray.
Round 2 of Paint
Because I used our paint sprayer to paint the fireplace, which is a million times faster than brushing it, I decided to try another color. I had quite a bit of extra paint from another project where I failed to pick the right color on the first try. I gave it another go with Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige for paint color number two. I knew it would look good on the brick because we used it to paint the exterior.
Let me give you a clue, paint color number two did not make the cut. That’s right folks, I failed again. While the color itself was good, it did not work with the wall color, Agreeable Gray. Accessible Beige was just too warm, which against my better judgement, I already knew. Back to the drawing board, or should I say the paint store? I seriously feel like I have a mini paint store in the garage now. Not joking.
More samples went up. More doubt and anxiety crept in.
How I Almost Got Murdered Over Paint
It was about this time I was talking to my mom on the phone. I mentioned my fireplace paint problems and told her if she didn’t hear from me in the next day or so, she should send out the search party because Barry probably murdered me and buried me in the backyard. Her response was, “well tell him to call me if he does and I will make him some prime rib since you don’t like it”. Not exactly the response you would expect from your mother! Then as we were sampling paint for round three, Barry said, “I’m going to text your mom and tell her to get the prime rib ready.” Needless to say, I am currently accepting applications for a new mother and husband, haha!
Round 3 of Paint
Luckily, the third time was a charm and no one got murdered! But, if I ever go missing, make sure my mom and Barry aren’t hanging out eating prime rib 😉
Since picking the fireplace paint was such a challenge, we ended up painting the entire room already too. We had to call in all the ladders to finish this one! I wasn’t planning to tackle that this week, but I guess I am ahead of the game for next week.
Remember when I said we have never used the fireplace in eight years? Well, we addressed that this week too. Our old dirty firebox got an upgrade with this sleek electric fireplace insert. We received bids to add a gas insert, but with quotes at around $5k, that was out of the question. This simple unit not only upgrades the look of the fireplace, but also generates heat! Just in time for the snow we are anticipating this week.
Lastly, the fireplace mantel we added a few years ago got an extension. Not only was the mantel a design decision, it hides all the cords to our TV!
Now I know most designers will shutter at the thought of making a TV the focal point of a room, but we are real people with shows to binge on Netflix 🙂
Join me again next week to see how the rest of our makeover is coming along and to make sure no one gets murdered over paint! I have some furniture DIYs in the works and a few changes for our wet bar 😉
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