I whitewashed my brick hearth and painted my mantel and paneling above in a creamy white. I'm still thrilled with the result! I just gave my family room a new look for fall and added a few thrift store finds.
Here is the "before" of my old brick hearth and unpainted mantel. I had already painted the paneling above before I took the pic.
The whitewash added a lot of light in the room. I painted the mantel in Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color Old White. The paneling was in Benjamin Moore Muslin.
I just added this caned coffee table I purchased last week from a yard sale. It's a great size and has nice lines.