Kim shares her secrets for making a fireplace the focal point of a room.
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Kim Myles: Hey everybody, today we are going to focus on the fireplace because fireplaces are just that. They are a focal point in the space; if you have any doubt about how powerful a focal point fireplace can be take a look at just as situation. Now, she have brick that was paint with this kind of peachy and obviously didn’t work for here so she transform it with paint and she brought back the look of the actual brick and I think this is fantastic she took it from being kind of David to be in really beautiful and contemporary, that is the power of paint that’s the tip. Paint is fantastic, it’s inexpensive and it really can transform the look of brick. Now here is the thing you guys, if you are going to paint brick here is some little design our secrets, you want to scrub the breakdown of the wire brush because brick overtime collects dust and particles and fabric fibers that they can get really dirty. So, scrub it down with the wire brush, just dry brush tapping and then vacuum it. Now it’s sounds a little crazy because you want this surface to be as clean as possible before you crane it and paint and notice I said, crane and paint it’s two steps to get that really professional. I’ve done my chandeliers and it’s over, great example just in Sonia’s living room. They have this gigantic fireplace it took up a lot of visual space I knew I needed to transform it but the budget was a little bit so I went with penny tile, now penny tile is great because it can look for classic and kind of new modern depending on how you choose to appoint it, it’s been expensive and it comes on match sheets that can be either around or packs on sheet and it’s great because it has kind of inelastic look especially for Sonia’s space it work really well for them. And here’s the tip it can work well for you because tiny tiles is like a come in, it comes in a lot of different glaze and colors and depending on the color you choose and the grout you choose you can get whatever effect do you want. Another time that I use tile to really great effect is for Jim and Valerie’s room. Now, they had a fireplace that it wasn’t necessarily huge but I want them to be kind of the jewel in the ground so I choose to cover it in green glass tile. Now here is a tip, if you want to tile the place of your fireplace and you are working with brick or any uneven surface it pays to add backer board, backer board is just cement board that smooth the surface its just a paste that put it on and it gives you a smooth surface to the tile too, it was glittery, it was vibrant and it really was focal point that was super luxurious and gorgeous. Now, let’s say you want the tiles but you don’t have a huge budget you have options will there is tiny tile and I that looks great you can also use subway tile which is classic, beautiful and very inexpensive. Another great option is terracotta tile to warm its textural and it doesn’t cost a lot. Here is what I want you guys to take away from all of these, ignoring your fireplace it is a inopportunity so weather it’s paint, whether it’s tile whoever you approach it, spend in a little time and effort on the fireplace really gets you on way to a high in the room.
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