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Updating The Fireplace Screen (A Teaser)

  UPDATE: FINALLY IT IS FINISHED!  See this post for the reveal!   

My family/play room has a fireplace and a couple of oak lined built in bookcases around it.

It has so much potential, but it is pretty ugly right now.

Currently it houses our TV and a bunch of bric-a-brac.  Because this is the casual TV/playroom I have a framed canvas of children around the world above the mantle (clearly not a formal space.) But I still think the whole wall (which has way too many focal points) could be updated.

One of the things I hated about it most, were the brass accents on the fireplace screen.  Yes! More BRASS! It is actually a pretty cool gas see-though double sided fireplace.  It is covered in travertine (yesss!) but the actual fireplace screen insert is dated.

My neighbor recently replaced her screen with a solid black one like this and I knew that is what I wanted:

Only that bad boy cost $205 for each side (Remember I need TWO!)

Yeah, not happening.

So instead I taped off everything that wasn't brass:
And gave it a spray of matte black paint + primer:

And what I ended up with was:
 Well, that PLUS $408 extra dollars in my pocket! 

But this is ONLY THE FIRST STEP!  I am actually making over the entire wall of built ins.  Here is a little sneak preview...
Check back later to see what I have done with it. 

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