Brick Toc The Mouse Ran Up The…Wood stove?

13 Nov


As most of you know, Mike and I have been slllooowly, but surely working on our wood stove this summer. Let’s say it’s been a project.

You can check out our progress here.

We’re currently left with the back splash to put up. LUCKILY, we found an awesome score (via craigslist) for some tiles, which are great…but they do not match the tiles we have on the hearth. By a lot…so. Yeah.


We’re going for a rustic, homey, cottage, warm feel in the living room. So why not brick? We’re brick lovers here at the Santerre Abode. So the next question, would be color…as I’m a little worried that deep dark red, might be a bit dark for our tiny living room.

As you can see below, the tiles that we were given (for free, WOOT) are detailed in a design that limits our possibilities for something on the wall. It has to be something simple…and beige, off white, or…(granite —> Which isn’t going to happen.)

As I was drinking my morning cup-o-joe….the light went off. It was a spark of genius!!

We need white washed brick. Like this:

Or maybe more white….like this:


So I decided to play around in Paint on my puter….yes I need photoshop, yes it’s on my christmas list. Just try to envision more awesome and less…horrid paint skills.


I’m thinking it could be rad. Super rad…the question is: Should the brick go all the way up to the ceiling or end here:


So there it is folks. We need your input!



Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Brick Toc The Mouse Ran Up The…Wood stove?

  1. Jenny Bates

    November 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Go all the way up. I think it gives it a much warmer feel.

  2. mrssanterre

    November 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I was thinking the same thing Jenny…it’s cozy!

  3. Diane@InMyOwnStyle

    November 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Go all the way up on the wall. It will create more impact. Add crown molding along the top over the brick where it meets the ceiling and on the top of the side sections that your have drawn on your computer that are lower. Look at some decorative molding books the next time you go to Lowes or Home Depot for ideas on how to do it. There is a brand of decorative molding that you don’t have to make any miter cuts with. Both stores sell it. I would try to make the molding look as beefy as you can. Build it out so it creates a shelf on the two sides. I would paint it white to match the white brick or if you are going to leave the window trim stained – stain the molding to match, Your second inspiration photo has the stained shelf.
    I hope I helped.
    My best- Diane

  4. Barb White

    November 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    To the ceiling, the room will look bigger.


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