And so today is the second Wednesday of the month which means its time for another Monthly DIY Challenge! For a few years now, some of my blogging friends and I get together for a themed challenge. Usually we start off with the same item or it can also be a theme and we see where we go from here. This time it was all about FAT Paint!
My husband and I bought this electric fireplace when we were first married. We wanted something for our basement that would keep it warm down there instead of cranking up the heat in our entire home. It has travelled over 800km with us and moved to 3 different houses and we love it… and although I haven’t been digging that cherry wood for quite some time, there was no way we would ever get rid of it.
So when the opportunity came to try FAT chalkpaint, I instantly knew it was time to redo the fireplace. I instantly envisioned brighter and whiter. It was fairly easy to redo and I cant wait to show you how!
Heres what I used:
- my favorite sander
- FAT Chalkpaint White
- Clear Top Coat
- a good quality paintbrush
- sanding block for distressing
I highly recommend sanding any piece before painting. I know the big thing about chalkpaint is that you shouldn’t need to do any prep work but I’ve redone more pieces than I can count and I’d never recommend skipping the sanding part. Using an electric sander, I sanded the entire fireplace.
After giving it a really good wipe down, it was time for the fun part!! I found this paint went on so incredibly smooth and covered it well. I did give the entire piece 3 coats as I didn’t want any of the old color showing through.
After allowing it to dry completely, I then used a sanding block and lightly distressed corners and edges. I was very picky with how much distressing I wanted and therefore it hardly shows in the pictures! But I love how all the edges and even the front sides that have detail all show some “wear”.
The last step in this makeover is adding the Clear Top Coat. I usually add a top coat to all my pieces I redo just to protect them from daily wear and tear. Anything from little fingers to setting a glass on them. Using a paintbrush I brushed it on to the fireplace’s surface. I am sooo happy with how it turned out! This fireplace sits in our basement’s family room and I can’t tell you how much it’s brightened up that room. I would definitely use FAT Chalkpaint again and can’t wait to try it on another piece sitting in our garage begging to be redone!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Hope this post inspires you to redo a piece that needs a little TLC! Also, be sure to check out all the other amazing DIYs!
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