Without question, the pink crayon-colored, mantel-less fireplace in the living room was ugly. I thought it would be the first thing we would change after we moved into our home. I was sure it would be a quick project. We'd just slap on a coat of paint and add a salvaged wood mantel. Boom. Done!
If you've ever contemplated painting interior stone or woodwork, you probably know where this story is going. I ran my plan past my husband, and was surprised that he disagreed. No way, no how were we painting any of the natural elements in the house. Not the pink stone, not the mismatched windowsills and not the scratched-up door. Nothing.
Why? Because you don't do that. End of conversation.
So the fireplace sat untouched for two years. At first, I apologized to guests for the fireplace's offending presence, but that just continued the debate. While half of our guests urged me to paint it – and quickly – the other half protested, “No! It's natural stone so leave it alone.”
"But don't you think it's ugly?" I'd ask.
"Well, sure," they'd respond. "But that doesn't matter."
While I respect the opposition's opinion, I did eventually convince my husband that this particular case was extreme, and therefore, he needed to make an exception to his painting ban.
In the end, it was a quick project to prime and paint the fireplace. With help from a handy relative, we made our own mantel just in time for the holiday party season.
Now I can't wait to show off our beautifully painted fireplace to our friends.
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