We have this sunken den off the kitchen. It has really high ceilings, a bay window on one side and french doors on the other so lots of natural light. Here’s what it looked like when we bought the house.
Those french doors allow access to the back deck so during all our construction this room was ground zero. There were saws, all the boxes of flooring, countless bags of home depot and lowes stuff, tools, and lots AND lots of saw dust. Despite all that natural light, the wall to wall brick fireplace was still making the room dark and feel dated. About a month before Christmas we decided to clean it up a little bit. I spray painted the dated brass fireplace doors with high heat black matte paint and in my very pregnant state I primed half the brick and threw in the towel. My hands kept cramping up (painting brick is no joke!) and my bulbous body just couldn’t handle all that bending.
By the way…that last picture is literally one of about five pictures I took Christmas morning before heading to the hospital and most of them are blurry because I was doing Christmas while having contractions every 3-5 minutes. I did what I could 😉
Anyway, the fireplace stayed like that until the end of January. I took advantage of Grammy while she was here and had her finish priming and paint all that brick for me. That grammy is pretty awesome! We used Kilz for the primer and applied with an angled paint brush and a small nappy roller. Then for the paint I used my go-to Behr white in the can (nothing added) in a gloss finish. I use the same for trim and doors.
The room also got a new light fixture (same collection as the kitchen lights). This room still has a long way to go. We need to install the new flooring like the rest of the house, install the new railing, new stair treads, and it desperately needs to be painted. We also want to do something fun with those ceiling beams.