After getting the outside of my house painted, I was feeling motivated to work on the inside. My sister and I try to get together once a month to do a craft. She called me last week to say she was ready to get together again and thought we should do a home improvement project at my house so I could help her with a project at her house. Sounds fair, right? Little did I know the plans she had for me. Painting her deck. If you’ve seen her deck, you would definitely be feeling sorry for me right about now. It is HUGE! It wraps all the way around her pool, and then some. But that is not what we are discussing today. Let’s get to the good stuff. My fireplace. My house is full of wood stained trim. I go back and forth on whether or not I actually like it. It’s definitely different and unique. But it’s dark at times and hard to find a color to paint the walls that would compliment the trim without making it even darker inside. But if I decide to paint it, there’s no going back and I want to be sure. One day while looking through Pinterest, I saw a picture of a fireplace that looked exactly like mine! The makeover on that fireplace was amazing and I knew I would eventually need to do mine.
This is a before picture of my fireplace. Lots of wood stain, dark blue tiles, dirty inside. We’ve never built a fire in this fireplace, nor do we plan to. The living room is so small, a fire would run us out! I plan on purchasing some nice candles and decorating the inside. Since I don’t plan on using the fireplace, I didn’t worry about buying paint to withstand high temperatures. If you do this project, please keep that in mind if you do any painting around your fireplace.
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- All-purpose cleaner
- 400 grit sand paper
- Zinsser primer ultimate stain blocker
- Valspar Signature interior paint
- Rustoleum flat black spray paint
- Valspar high gloss enamel paint
- Minwax water based polycrylic clear satin gloss
Step 1: Clean all surfaces
Step 2: Lightly sand all surfaces and make sure it’s completely free of dust and dry before moving onto the next step.
Step 3: Prime the mantel with one coat of white shellac based Zinsser primer ultimate stain blocker. One quart was plenty for me.
Step 4: Once that is dry, paint the mantel/wood. I used Valspar Signature interior paint in ultra white, and again, one quart was plenty. I would recommend two coats. I only did one coat, and had to go back and do another.
Step 5: If you’re not going to use your fireplace but want the inside to look nice, like me, then you can spray paint the inside. I used Rust-Oleum flat black spray paint. A word of warning. This stuff stinks and will get you high as a kite if you’re not careful. So, if you’re not into that sort of thing, wear a mask, open all windows, and get your kids outside! But it’s worth it. So do it.
Step 6: Now it’s time to move on to the tile. Now, don’t be scared. This was surprisingly easy and fun 🙂 Using the same Zinsser primer, paint one coat of primer all over the tile.
Step 7: Once that is dry, paint the tile with a high gloss enamel paint. I used Valspar, in Dove white. Once that was dry, I felt like the tile needed more texture. So, I mixed a little bit of some light brown paint that I had on hand with the tile paint, got a bit on a paper towel, and dabbed one tile in the corner to see if I liked it before moving on. Here is a picture:
I really liked the texture, so I got busy doing the rest of the tiles. It was really fun once I got into it.
Step 8: Once the tile was dry, I sealed it with Minwax water based polycrylic clear satin gloss. And the weekend project was finally done!
I can’t wait to decorate it!! To me, that’s the hard part. I’m no good at decorating. So, what do you think?? I think it really brightened up the whole room. I’m so glad I did it.