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Old 01-10-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
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I know it sounds like a strange question...but I would appreciate some input.

My husband and I purchased this house about 3 months ago. It was a foreclosure and a spec home...so it started out as a blank slate...everything was white.

One night, I was bored, and decided to use an antiquing glaze on our solid white faux stone fire place. Turned out really good if I do say so myself...took HOURS to do though. (Click the image to be taken to the full size image)



Since my husband and I recently graduated from college, our home decorations are a sort of mish mash...but that's a given for most anyone in our situation.

I really like a house/room that is interesting but not too busy. I like an old world feel, but with a modern touch...

I was thinking about doing something like a Tuscan plaster finish on this wall (it's textured already), but wasn't sure how that would go with my impulse treatment of the fireplace... The Asian decorations can stay or they can be moved elsewhere in the house, no matter there.

Any ideas? I'm not afraid to try new treatments on the walls so fire away!

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I dunno bout the walls but your fireplace turned out GREAT!

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I'd consider a faux
Color wash, fresco, or dry brushing

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I dunno bout the walls but your fireplace turned out GREAT!
Thanks!

I never seriously thought it would turn out as good as it did.

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I'd consider a faux
Color wash, fresco, or dry brushing
Ok - so we're looking at the following:

Color Wash:


Dono what it is here, but I'm not diggin' it for some reason.

Fresco:


Of the 3, this one I like the best. Think I'll look into it more!

Dry Brusing:


I think this might end up being a bit too busy on the wall in question...though I do like the look!

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Your fireplace turned out great!

And because it is so great, I personally would not do another finish on the wall.
I would pick a colour that you like and that works with the room, and would just paint it a solid colour.

Since the fireplace is your focal point, then I would make the wall a solid colour.
If you do some sort of antiquing or wash, (faux finish) in my opinion it would look somewhat busy and the eye doesn't know where to focus on.

I would remove the figures that are there, keep the candles, and I would add a tall mirror with simple black frame leaning (not hanging) on the fireplace.

I would also remove the vases in the front.

This is just my personal taste, of course you can do a finish or whatever you like.
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Thanks for the input. Yeah - the vases, etc. aren't going to stay. They are a left over from the rental house we were in.

I do like the idea about the mirror leaning against the wall up top though!

I think I've seen a large mirror that would do the trick too....hrmmmm

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Did you remove your picture? I can't see it.
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Nope - it's still there.

for some reason, seems my host has gone down.

Going to go look into it now.
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Now I can see it. It looks pretty good. Like already mentioned, I would remove most of the stuff off of the mantle. A large mirror is a great idea as long as what it will be reflecting is pleasing. I agree that a solid paint finish on the walls would do a better job of keeping the focus on your fireplace but you could do a light wash on the walls of the same wall colour chosen in a slightly different tone if that is what you wish. Is it a rough or smooth textured finish on the wall? If it's smooth enough you could also do a light rub with some lightly stained bees wax.....looks great over a venetian type finish. Maybe you could start with a solid finished wall and add to it later if it wasn't giving you the look you're after.

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it's a knockdown texture. smooth, not like a popcorn texture.

I think we're going to paint it with a satin or a semi-gloss...then we can go over it like you said at a later date.

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btw - the mirror would look out on 3 very large windows which look out into the back yard.

These windows are 83" tall and about 64" wide.

Think a mirror would be ok then?
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btw - the mirror would look out on 3 very large windows which look out into the back yard.

These windows are 83" tall and about 64" wide.

Think a mirror would be ok then?
fabulous size windows.....
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the entire living room has 6 of those windows. 2 of the walls in the living room have windows like that. 3 on each wall.

makes it great for everything but the expense of window treatments! It also puts a nasty glare on the tv...lol
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Nothing worse than light glare on the tv.

Putting a mirror up opposite the windows will reflect more might into the room and it sounds like you are already at war with the natural light as it is at times But, as a large mirror will probably look good in several different areas of your home, if you invest in one for the fireplace and don't like it I'm sure you'll find another place to put it. Another idea would be to buy or make a pc of art or a large pc of iron or iron look art would look awesome up there as well.

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I would not do anything to the wall. It is a nice clean background for the fireplace (nice job). Perhaps a larger picture or a small grouping, but keep it clean and simple like the existing one. Take some stuff off the mantel, too crowded.

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