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My Fireplace Was Bugging Me.

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Anyway, I woke up this morning and for some reason, my fireplace was irritating me.   So I gave it a mini make over.

Some before pics.  That brass – my, oh, my.

DIY Fireplace Mantle Painting
DIY Fireplace Mantle Painting
I removed the Brass pieces and brought them to the garage.  I gave them a light sand.  I was hesitant to sand the brass because it scratched easily, and i could reeeeally see the scratches, but I was more worried that the paint wouldn’t stick because the brass was soooo shiny.  In the end, I am glad I gave them a light buff.  The paint is quite thick so you can’t see the scratches at all.  Good call Cait.
DIY Fireplace Mantle Painting
I sprayed them with Rust-Oleum’s black heat resistant paint.  It only takes about 1/2 hour between coats to dry, so I managed about 5 light coats through out the day.  It didn’t need that many coats, but I sprayed really lightly, so to make sure I covered everything, I just kept going.  Besides, the kids thought it was hilarious that I was painting the fireplace.  They love watching!
DIY Fireplace Mantle Painting
I was terrified I wouldn’t get the damn thing back on, so I took precise mental notes while taking it off. It went back together with ease!  Just a few screws here and there..
Ta Da…

DIY Fireplace Mantle Painting

DIY Fireplace Mantle Painting

What do ya think?  Looks good eh?!?  Not bad for a $7 dollar makeover!
And you thought I’d paint the stone…silly Sharon.  NEVER!

Update:
Here’s a pic of my mantle today (Sept. 2012). I’ve spruced it up a bit!

DIY Fireplace Mantle Painting

 

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