The other night, half-way through fixing dinner, this happened.
What can I say? Sometimes when inspiration strikes, I have to tackle a project right. that. minute.
Several years ago, I had done a dry-brush black finish over my stained mantle. It's been bugging me for a little while, but I didn't know how I wanted to change it yet. Finally, the thought struck me to paint it the same color as the back of the built-in shelves (SW Urbane Bronze).
For the record, I didn't do any prep for this other than wipe it down good. I did two coats of paint, then gave the top only a quick coat of polyurethane spray- my trick for assuring that the paint cures faster than regular drying times. It was ready after 24-36 hours to put the accessories back in place without being tacky. (Without any top coat, latex paint can take up to a month to fully cure so there is no tackiness when items are placed on the surface).
I wasn't sure at first, but it's growing on me.
What do you think?
Here's how it looks with all of the bookshelves along that wall. The color reads much darker in the shelves because of the lack of lighting.
I've also been playing with the furniture arrangement in anticipation of finally finding a new sofa. I'm checking the measurements I'll need and will share more about that soon. Some of you with a sharp eye might have noticed a little something else that's new, can't wait to share more about that in the future too! I have a mini-living room makeover in the works, mainly just in the form of a few new pieces of furniture.
Here's a before and after to leave you with-
See you tomorrow, our next big project is under way and I'm ready to spill the beans!