A while back I posted the question of to whether to paint or not to paint our fireplace. I hemmed and hawed and finally decided to go for it. My husband was a little ambivalent reminding me that "...if you do it its not reversible..." but left the final decision up to me (Love that Man). So I decided to go for it and love the results.
We first pulled off the mantel as it needed to be stripped and stained.
Needless to say the mantel was a mess.
The paint literally peeled off by hand.
The positive was that I got to try out a new product; spray stripper.
I loved the spray stripper and recommend it for narrow areas. It comes out like a foam so dripping is less of a concern. I will definitely use it again.
I used my favorite stain; Dark Walnut by Varathane (3 coats) followed by Minwax Polycrylic.
As for the fireplace, I used a masonry stucco & brick paint by Behr (Home Depot).
I bought the white base paint thinking it would work fine but it turned out to be way too white. To warm it up a bit I mixed a tiny amount of the paint left over from the walls and this worked well. It took about 3 good coats to cover the brick completely.
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