Painting the Fireplace Black

I'm in New York this week for a really cool project and event that I'm excited to share with you all. Before I left for the airport this weekend I got the itch to paint the fireplace, just to see what it would look like in black, so I rolled on a quick coat.

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It will need a couple coats of paint with sanding sessions in between, but so far I'm loving it!


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I also found a remnant slab of honed black granite at a local stone yard that I think will be perfect for the fireplace surround. The stone will be cut to fit all the area on the inside of the mantle, surrounding the firebox.

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I love the texture of this stone! Isn't it pretty? It's a little bumpy, which I really like for an application like this.

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When I get back home I'm going to paint the walls in the living room before finishing the fireplace. I think lightening the walls with a pale gray and a coat of bright white on the beamed ceiling will make for such a pretty contrast in the space with the all-black fireplace. I'm so, so excited to get this space done and functional!

Here are a few of my inspiration images:

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House Beautiful

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32 comments:

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

I love love love it black! It is so you.

sarah said...

you are gonna make this look awesome. can't wait to see it finished.

Vanessa@decor happy said...

It will look amazing!

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

LOVE it! So dramatic and super chic. You continue to amaze :)

Lily L-M said...

I LOVE the black -- that one room where the TV blends right in above the black fireplace is absolutely genius. It works great in your space too!

xo Lily
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Michelle Ash Latham said...

I love the black paint! I can't wait to see how it looks when it's finished!

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Kimberly Lemmon said...

Love this idea and would do that myself if I only had a mantel in my home!!

Heather Peterson said...

Gorgeous!
I did the same thing myself not so long ago. :)

http://www.heatherpetersondesign.com/2012/10/fireplace-transformation.html

jackie jade said...

looks amazing so far! our fireplace really needs a facelift too so would love to try something similar.
-- jackie @ jade and oak

My Interior Life said...

Love it!! I did the same thing a while back and couldn't be happier with our fireplace now. I've somehow neglected to take great after photos of it but you can see it a little bit in this post I did about our black French doors . . .

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Michelle Panting said...

The black looks very chic! Can't wait to hear more about your New York project!

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Gwen, The Makerista said...

I love when you do something I totally didn't see coming! Really beautiful choices, Jenny.

Pudel-design said...

WOW! This will make a huge impact!
Love black and the first inspirational picture is the bomb!
Can`t wait to see when you`re done with the fire place!
Love and hugs...:)
Lydia

Rita from Design Megillah said...

The black is perfect! Should turn out to be a beautiful room.

Kari de Lavenne said...

Yes, so cool! I sense some black doors and windows coming?????

Paige Geiger said...

Jenny - we recently finished our fireplace and it looks similar...we love the contrast of the black with white walls...great choice!

Linzy said...

Wow. The black fireplace really makes those t.v.s disappear. That's pretty incredible.

A Perfect Gray said...

i'm amazed how well the black background disguises a tv above the mantel. donna

Julie said...

It's going to look so so good! can not wait to hear what you're up to in NY!

http://www.preciouslyme.com/ said...

Can't wait to see the final of this fireplace. Love this black color, it really adds drama to the room!

Ferren said...

Looks like you're most inspired by that first image with the Chanel tray, which is looovely. I'm in love with black walls right now, but I'm renting and can't paint!


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gustoandgrace said...

I love the high gloss black one.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Love the black...cant wait to see it when your done..

Capella Kincheloe Interior Design said...

We have a white brick fireplace and I've been debating for 2 years whether to paint it black. Looks great!

Kevin O'Gara said...

I wouldn't have thought of black for a fireplace, but I'm really loving how it's looking! Your renovation pictures are so exciting (:

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Kate Decorates said...

It already looks so good but I can't wait to see the final reveal!

ourhumbleabodeblog.com said...

Love the high contrast. And the mouldings you've added...show stopper! Tres chic.

Diane Gibbs said...

So my Georgian Style Townhome (my least fave style) has a fussy white wood painted surround ( with 'teeth' and black/white streaked marble..) and then... the floor is ...dark stained Saltillo tile...what can I do with it?? Oh yeah..Husband is a tight wad...

Brighton Keller said...

love this!!! :)

Julia Konya said...

YES, black is gorgeous! Love it!

Laney Reusch / Reusch Interior Design said...

So chic!!! Looks awesome!

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

I love it!! I just painted my fireplace a deep charcoal grey and am so happy with the bold move (it pops against my crisp white walls).

http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/10/fireplace-before-after.html

Can't wait to see yours finished!

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