Now I know why everyone wants to redo their fireplace!

I didn’t hate my fireplace before, but I didn’t love it either.

When I was at Menards a while ago trying to find some supplies for a current project we were working on, I got sidetracked and found some chalk paint spray paint. I love spray paint and I hear so much about chalk paint, so I picked up a couple bottles with the idea of re-doing my fireplace mantel in mind. And I picked up a pink one, for no reason other than I really like pink.

Let’s take it waaaayyyyy back to what it looked like right when we got the house:

home-diy (1 of 1)-3
I guess now that I see this picture I should have been wanting to change the fireplace ;P

But it didn’t look that bad after we fixed up the living room a bit a couple months later in the fall:

stained-plywood-subfloor-home (3 of 5)

But it all started with the mantle. First I did the mature, responsible thing and covered anything that shouldn’t have paint on it.

IMG_3944
Then I used a white chalk paint and did a couple coats.

IMG_3942

I didn’t think it looked “chalky” and I wasn’t a huge fan of the stark white

IMG_3951

So I took some brown gel staining and rubbed it on the mantle with a cloth. I love this gel stain! I also used it on the garage. More on that later.
minwax-gel-stainhome-diy (3 of 5)-3

 

Ta da look at that mantle!

I took some creamy white paint that I’ve used on the hutch and the dining room chairs.

IMG_3956

I mixed the paint with equal parts water. Basically I just mixed it until it looked good and liquid-y.

Tip: When painting your fireplace, the best way is to paint it over the brick with a paintbrush, then blot it with a cloth. All the blogs I read said it took forever. I really didn’t think it took that long, maybe an 1 hr 30min for the whole thing. But I also had to be somewhere, so that deadline could have helped.

Don’t just paint over the brick, because it won’t look as natural. Unless that’s what you’re going for…

But don’t just blot it either, unless you have 6,000 years to paint the fire place. Unless that’s what you’re going for….

Here it is! It gives it a french country look.

home-diy (1 of 5)-3

What a difference! After painting it I didn’t realize how dark the room looked before. Since I have so many rich colors in this room I didn’t want it to always look like Christmas. Having it white gives it an all around season appeal.

I’m still playing around with the mantle and seeing what decorations I like…maybe simple is better!

Let’s look at the before and afters again

PicMonkey Collage

 

my chic obsession fashion blogger signature

You Might Also Like

Home Decor Trends 2016

Basement Makeover on a Budget

Living Room Update | Split Level Home

3 Comments

  1. Amy

    May 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Having both the mantle and the fireplace white unifies it. I like that. 🙂 you will have to help me figure out how to make my gas fireplace looks stellar in our new home.

  2. messerly218

    June 2, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Wow it does look good! I love all the before and after pics. Clever to use the brown gel stain. Lol I love the grocery sacks to protect the walls.

  3. Split Level Staircase and Entryway Makeover | Spoonful of Sparkles

    June 18, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    […] the same color I’ve used throughout the house for the hutch, chairs, kitchen table, and fireplace. We stained the treads and railing and landing post the same color as our floor and kitchen table. […]

Leave a Reply