- Quality paint
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Wood putty
- Painters tape
- Plastic tarps and/or paper
- Super Finish Max
- Peel and stick tiles
I recently painted my sister's kitchen cabinets and since her kitchen and family room are connected, it made sense to also freshen up her fireplace. It was your basic builder grade fireplace that was feeling a bit dated. A fresh coat of paint is just what it needed!
This is a perfect weekend project that won't break the bank. Thanks to the Super Finish Max, it is quick and easy!
Clear everything off of the fireplace. If there are any knot holes or imperfections, fill with wood putty and wait for the putty to dry.
Grab some 150 or 220 grit sandpaper. After you sand the putty smooth, you will lightly sand the whole thing. It doesn't take very long. You aren't trying to remove the finish, just rough it up enough that the paint will stick better.
Paint adheres to non shiny surfaces much better. When you lightly sand, you should get some dust and it will dull the shine, but you shouldn't see lines in the wood. If you see lines created by the sandpaper you are either sanding too hard or you need to use a smaller grit sandpaper.
Use a damp rag to wipe away all the dust. Now you are ready to tape! I like to add a border of tape all around the fireplace before adding any tarps, plastic, or paper. Once everything surrounding the firelpace is protected, you are ready to paint!
Add your choice of paint (I like to use one with a primer) to the Super Finish Max. Make sure to thin it and stir it well. I test the sprayer on scrap cardboard (or in this case the brown paper covering the fireplace insert) before spraying it on the fireplace to make sure the amount of paint coming out is at the right level. Thin coats are ideal. If the paint "spits" and is splattering instead of being a fine mist, you may need to thin it a bit more.
Wait until the paint is mostly dry before taking the tape and tarps off. Allow it it to completely dry before decorating it.
My sister ordered some peel and stick faux tiles to cover the cheap orangey tiles on her fireplace. They were super easy to apply and completed the makeover.
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