Amazing the difference a tin of masonry paint, some masking tape and a couple of brushes can make. In half an hour our depressing grey fireplace was bright white. Can't believe we didn't think of it sooner.
Ta daar! Whilst the grand plan is to knock it out, replaster and pop in a wood burning stove, it can at least be a little more pleasing on the eye for Spring as we save our pennies. I've also ordered a super cheap rug from Urban Outfitters in the sale, with a further 20% off (SALE20), which will go some way to hide the ancient mustard carpet and hopefully lighten the room.
What do you think?*
*Other than we are clearly bonkers for having a poinsettia imprisoned in the fireplace and two random bowls of nuts...