Fireplace Reveal

Good morning everyone, hooray for it almost being the end of the week! This is a diy fireplace project I completed a little while ago and wanted to share with you all. A few years back we purchased an electric fireplace unit in a dark espresso brown. It's was a nice piece but I always felt like it was a bit to dark and as soon as we got it home I couldn't help but think about refinishing it in white. But alas I couldn't justify to hubby painting it right away so we lived with it for awhile. Flash forward 5 years and it has gotten pretty dinged up from three moves and a toddler banging toys into it. (Excuse this terrible, messy before picture #reallife).

When our house was being built I knew I wanted to refinish the fireplace unit and use it in the master bedroom for our television to be mounted above. So on a mild day back in December I gave the whole piece a good cleaning, a light sanding (just to rough up the finish), and primed it with my favourite Zinssers Cover Stain primer which works amazing. Then I took it outside and spray painted it white! I love spray painting partially because its no mess/fuss but mainly because it's super fast and I can hammer out the job in an hour. I used Krylons "Dover White" which is one of my favourite spray whites (I also used it here, here & here). Now I didn't bother sealing it because it's in such a low traffic area in our bedroom that the kids won't really be banging it up much. However, if I would have been putting it in a busier place I would definitely have sealed it using Polycrylic in either a satin or semi-gloss finish. I love how it turned out and it works really well in the space and adds a nice bit of character. For the sake of the reveal pictures I styled it with some pretty artwork and feminine details, however it won't be long before the husband has the huge t.v. wall mounted over it. I guess I will just have to style the mantle with girly things to help balance things out!

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth

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