In this living room I had no problem painting the original brick fireplace white, along with the shelves, mantel and hearth. The walls, ceiling and trim throughout also got a fresh coat of paint. The other big (but subtle) change was having the floors redone. The original floors were marked by rugs being in place for many years. I love how sanding the floors down made them lighter, then a clear coat of finish allowed the lighter, natural wood to shine through. Here is the progress, starting with the BEFORE shot:
Here the fireplace and walls have been painted, the floor sanding is about to start.
The floors are finished and drapery is up. The space is looking brighter – love how these turned out!
And here it is with some furniture added.