Man, oh man, I couldn’t wait to share this with you today! I’m so super-excited about our fireplace now that I FINALLY painted it. Immediately upon laying eyes on it the first time we walked through this house, I knew I wanted to paint it; however, it took me 3 years to do it. I guess I was intimidated by the process because I knew I had to hold myself to a higher standard than I usually do when I paint. I can do walls lickity-split and they look good (if you don’t look TOO closely for drips or brush strokes). And furniture? No problem. But for some reason this fireplace was something I pondered for a good long time before taking the plunge. Here’s how it turned out:
As with many DIY projects, I learned a couple of things. First, I learned which paint to use when painting something dark and/or slightly glossy. This stuff.
But let me back up. First, I lightly sanded the whole thing and wiped it down with a damp cloth. Then I primed it with this stuff:
Next, I brushed on the Benjamin Moore Advance (in semi-gloss) and realized that my brush had seen its day. So the second thing I learned was to invest in a good brush. It made all the difference in the finish…no brush strokes whatsoever! I splurged and bought one for 12 bucks. It was a Benjamin Moore nylon/polyester blend (the one recommended on the back of the can, actually). I needed 2-3 coats of the Advance paint; but, I was uncharacteristically patient, and let each coat dry for a whole day before getting back at it.
So here’s the before and after shot, again.
We had the window, but now it just looks so much cooler, I think. It looks more classy-salvage rather than shabby-chic. (I don’t know why, but somehow there’s a distinction there for me.) The mirror is from Target’s Threshold line and cost only $40! I’ve seen similar ones for hundreds, so I was thrilled to find this one. I had originally thought to forget the window, but my friend, Marlene, suggested I layer them and she was right…it worked.
So you know how one project leads to another, right? Well, I had to update our bookcases next…I’ll be sharing those with you soon. And I’ve got some DIY projects in mind to dress up the mantel, too. Can’t WAIT to get to those! Until next time…