holiday fireplace renovation

20151219_214837000_iOSWe finally tackled a project I have dreamt of doing since we moved in almost four years ago now! We are still working on the staircase and pantry door that match the dark wood from the before photo below, but I wanted the mantel done for the holidays at the very least. I’m in love with how it turned out! I can’t believe this is the same fireplace, the white really brightens up the room! I ended up replacing the mirror as well, I felt like it needed a bit of contrast. I really lucked out with this gorgeous hand carved one from Homesense.

fireplace renovation before and after
This was a super easy and inexpensive DIY that made a huge impact on the space so I wanted to share what we used! See below for all tools and supplies we used for the project and directions. FYI – We started off with just sand paper but later upgraded to a Black & Decker Mouse Detail Sander + used primer so we need less coats of paint on the other areas. You will still need sand paper for smaller edges though.

fireplace renovation before and after
First step is to lay out your drop cloth to protect any surrounding furniture and flooring, then tape off the walls and carpet lining the fireplace and tile. Next step is to rough up the surface of the wood by giving it a light sanding, once this is done, wipe the area down to remove any dust. Once dry you can now apply your primer, this dries quickly and then your ready to paint! We did 4 coats of paint, letting it dry in between, this paint says it only needs 4-6 hours between coats. The paint brushes worked great for all the edges and the roller for the larger surface areas, it had a much smoother finish. The paint did not stick to the silicone surrounding our fireplace, but you can use white silicone to cover the inside edges. Once the paint has dried, remove tape and your done!

SOURCES
MIRRORS: BOTH HOMESENSE | ALL DECOR & BOOKS: HOMESENSE | THROW PILLOWS: INDIGO | STOCKINGS & TREE: LOWES | LEATHER POUF: THE CROSS DECOR | PAINT & SUPPLIES: HOME DEPOT

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