Spring mantel Decorating and a Fireplace WWYD

I got all gung-ho last week and started painting my mantel with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The color is Country Grey ASCP that I won at Haven last year, and the only thing I’ve used it on so far have been my Funkins for my Fall porch decorating.   I was really hoping the Country Grey would be just what my 1990’s hunter green faux marble fireplace surround needed for a quick update, but when I stepped back to admire the top half I didn’t really like it too much.  It’s the color of a putty colored Office Depot filing cabinet.  Not really what I’m going for in the middle of my living room.

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So, instead of wasting perfectly good Annie Sloan paint on something I didn’t love, I stopped in my tracks and decided to come here to get your opinions.

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Before we talk about that, lemme sidetrack for a minute and say that my awesome husband bought me the pretty metal bucket filled with flowers and a ceramic bird statue along with a big bowl full of other architectural antique goodness for Valentine’s Day.  Some girls get chocolates and roses, I get architectural salvage and home accents.

 best valentine's gift ever

As another sidenote: I’ve always wanted one of those butterflies under glass. When Garrett saw it he got very serious and said “”MOM! I’ve got some really bad news. It’s dead.” Heh. I love that kid.

 Anyway, back to the mantel… The blue vase on the left was hand crafted by yours truly at the last Earthborn Studios pottery event.  I love making pottery, even when all I create are crooked and weird looking pieces!

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In the middle is a piece of an old door that I found at a fun side of the road junk place in Sylacauga called DéjàVu 280.  They had some awesome old junk in that place, and I had a great time looking through it all and bringing home a few treasures. 

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 On the other side sits my trusty old Country Living Fair/ Pottery Barn lantern, seashell balls and two ruffled pots on top of a white pedestal with a crown and a cross on top.  My mother-in-law bought me this cute cross (that is actually a glass bottle stopper) at Cottontail’s Market last weekend, and I thought it looked good sitting inside my boxwood kissing ball.  Passover and Easter are almost here, so it fits in my Spring décor just fine.

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So who wants to weigh in with your opinion about my fireplace painting dilemma? 

 WWYD, guys? What color do you think I should paint the fireplace surround? Gloss white to match the mantel? Silver Sage to match the walls? Something neutral but not so Silly Putty colored? A stone / tile makeover isn’t in the budget right now, so paint it is.

 I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Hey Beth! OK, this might be a kinda crazy idea but… what about doing a zinc kind-of treatment like you did for your galvanized bunting? I think that *could* look very beautiful and accent all your great vintage treasures! Maybe try doing a piece on poster board or something that you could set against your fireplace to know for sure…. Good luck! Can’t wait to see what other folks suggest!! ~ Hugs, Jennifer

  2. So pretty!! Love the layers!

  3. Scribbler says:

    I am glad you are trying this first. I have been toying with the idea myself. On mine, I have 20-year old streaky grey cultured marble. Ick! So I will be watching with interest. I agree that the color you tried is not the right one.

  4. I would either do a dark espresso


  5. Your husband is a smart man. The way to a girls heart is through the junk you bring them. Works. every. time. Wink wink!


  6. WHITE! 🙂

  7. [As if I am totally qualified to have an opinion] Maybe a shade darker than your walls on the same paint chip, and perhaps with some sand added in to give it some texture? Or just flat … I haven’t tried adding the sand in, so I’m not sure how well that would do over your tile.

  8. I love so many of the pieces on your mantel – the bird, the cross, the piece of that old door. I have a brass fire place that I am trying to figure out how to hide/update so I can’t wait to see what everyone suggests for your mantel!

  9. I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE the lavender.

  10. Cynthia Toone Riley says:

    I actually like the color! I think that it is clashing with the green but once that is covered it will look perfect.

  11. Yeah, I think the color isn’t reading quite right in the photo cause to me that silly putty color looks perfect! Other than that, I’d go white. I always think I’m being lame when I go white, but I then I end up loving it way more than I should. 🙂

  12. Erin Kaven says:

    My suggestion would be Graphite with Pearl plaster, like the table done at Maison Decor here http://maisondecor8.blogspot.com/2013/02/artisan-enhancement-giveaway-get.html. I think it would be striking with your walls.

  13. I say, keep painting and then see! It looks good from here, but it might look totally different when you’re in the room…

  14. Beautifully decorated mantel, Beth! I really like someone’s suggestion to do the zinc treatment on your surround. I was just using the country grey color yesterday. I liked it but it didn’t go with what I was doing, so I painted over it! Hmmm!

  15. Beth @ ladybethsblog says:

    I love it! It looks beautiful I love the bleu lol blue.

  16. You know a rug right infront of the fireplace would look really nice 🙂

    And speaking of rugs I have been looking to buy some rugs lately.. anyone know any sites?
    I’ve heard about Rugman.com? Any experiences there? 🙂


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