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I have more than one tonight. I need HELP. The mantel in our family room (the only mantel in the house) is made of concrete. Yup. Concrete. As in that stuff you ripped out of your front walk and replaced with pavers. It is a big ole slab of concrete and it's making me annoyed. It is a whole new form of ugly and I don't know what to do!   I want to paint the brick in some way but what to do about that thing?  Do I build a mantel to fit over it? oy.   It looks like this:

Unedited photo. Sorry. lazy tonight. But you can see the slab o' gnarly and the yucky brick
 I welcome any and all suggestions.

And now here is my other horror. I went to take the tape off the kitchen and this is what happened:


Of course I stopped pulling but the damage is done. sigh. I have no idea why this happened but I left the rest of the tape as it is and I'm going to try to cut the seam with a razor before taking the tape off. Otherwise, I'll just paint the ceiling royal blue and leave it there.  Brilliant right??  Not just looks here people...smarts too.

So of course I needed to soothe my soul with some chocolate peanut butter ice cream!  It makes the demons go away.



  1. It seems like every single time we start a new house project we run into issues like this. The joys of home ownership. :) I don't have any solutions to your current problems but for future painting projects you might want to try "cutting in" the paint. Once I learned how to do it I was hooked and will never use painters tape again. I even have a tutorial for it on my blog if you want to check it out:

  2. Easy fix for the moulding!

    As for the fireplace....what about some stacked stone to cover the brick and then a nice wood (painted white) surround. While it might not be cheap, it would certainly totally change the look. As for the stacked stone, you can get the faux stacked stone as well.

  3. Next time try using Frog Tape. We found it at Lowes and it was A LOT better than the blue painters tape. Nothing bled thru and it came off without any problems. Another tip - remove the tape before the paint is completely dry. You don't want it to be soaking wet but not totally dry either. I hope that helps. I think the ice cream will help too!!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  4. I agree with Lori. I think the paint needs to be wet when you remove the tape.


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