TomBoy Home Renovation Update – Design Dilemmas

I think one of the hardest things about sharing a part of your life is that you have to share everything about that project.  I would love to  wait and present everything on this blog in the best light but I can’t do that because when you are renovating there can be doubts, forks in the road and full-on road blocks.  I would rather use this platform as a way to show all of it – the good, bad and ugly…

So my husband sent me a photo of our fireplace whitewashed and my first response was lukewarm.  Now I didn’t want to tell him how I felt at first because I wanted to think about it for a little.  I would love to see it in person but I can’t get there until Sunday (last week of school) and the painter wants to finish up this week.  I showed the photo to a friend who agreed there is something off.  Here it is…

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So two things that can’t be changed, the black fireplace – which I love.  Second, the color of the whitewash can go whiter (heavier) but not lighter.  I am ok with the whitewash color actually.  So here’s the problem – I think wood mantel, which is original to the house, needs to be painted white.  I though the natural wood color would pop against the wood but it docent seem to do that, only look heavy.  But guess who loves the look, color and history??    That’s right Mr. TomBoy Home.  So when I casually mentioned that maybe we should paint the mantel white it was not received as well as expected.  I get it we need to leave some original elements of the house but I just think a little white paint would make me like this fireplace better, otherwise it might drive me crazy…

These were two of my inspiration photos for this project.  One with a wood mantel and one with a heavy whitewash on the brick.
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I think we may need to thicken the whitewash and paint the wood mantel piece.  What do you think?  I know comments are a pain – feel free to comment on my instagram @tomboyhome.  Thanks!!