Aw, man, you guys, I looked high and low for a quote from Stargate for this post - Teal'c at one point said something about a proverb about "the futility of enumerating unhatched chickens". I think we're just going to have to go with "don't judge a book by its cover" on this one, though:
|is that not the ugliest crap? I was so afraid.|
By the same token, let us remember to never, ever judge a wet coat of paint. We all know that most of the time, paint dries darker. Except when it doesn't. And when it dries to a completely different color. And we all know that sometimes, the first coat of paint in a 3-step process is just going to look like complete ass, and that you have to accept it and keep going.
This is chalkboard paint. I could have left it as-is after painting, but I wanted the soft, cloudy appearance of a chalkboard, so I "primed" the tiles the way you do with a new piece of chalkboard slate, or a newly-painted chalkboard using chalkboard paint (rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the surface in big wide strokes, then buff it all off with an eraser or a soft rag. This fills the teeny gaps and pits in this semi-porous surface, so the first marks on the board don't set in so deeply they can't be erased). I also went back over the grout with a dark gray paint, so it wouldn't be so stark looking.
After chalking the tiles - and yes, I could write on them at this point if I wanted to - they're finally taking on exactly the look I'd envisioned for the fireplace. After eight years of a fireplace tiled in bland, beige, ceramic tile, I now have a deep charcoal-gray "slate" tile - it's really dark! It's kind of startling. And it changes the visual balance of the entire room.
I did this Tuesday night, and I tell you, I was not at ALL sure I was going to like it - in fact, that night was pretty sure I'd made a huge mistake. But every time I see the "new" tiles, I love them more and more. I love the color, I love the softness, I love that it feels like slate on my bare feet, I love the way it forms a dark backdrop for everything that surrounds it. I really love it! Thank goodness!
- Yes, that's the same mirror. I scraped off the stamped pattern around the edge, and painted a gold "frame" on it. And I hate it. It's going away soon.
- The fireplace screen is very soon to be spray-painted silver, which I think will be a nice foil to all the dark "stone."
- No, there's no floor molding around the hearth. It died a while back and I haven't replaced it yet, because I'm effing lazy.
- The white cord around the hearth is the TV cable. We only have one cable jack, so in 2007 when my ex and I put in the flooring, we ran a loooooong cable all the way around the perimeter of the room, under the baseboards and trim molding. The fireplace floor trim is supposed to cover it.
- Idk wtf is going on with the glass on the mantel. It's just up there because I couldn't think of what to do with all the blue glass I kept a few weeks ago when I sorted it all and gave most of it away.
|The Renovation Monkey. His name is Jacques.|