When we added on to our small home in 2008-2009, we were fortunate enough to add a large master suite. I found someone selling a non-working electric fireplace and new that was the perfect "affordable" way for me to gain a faux fireplace! He tossed the insert and I took the surround and spray painted it white. That worked for me for the last 12 years! But now that I'm finally getting around to re-thinking our space and moving away from the gold tones, it was time to update. Here's what the fireplace looked like before.
First, I wiped the entire piece down with a just a little bit of soap and water.
Then I went to town painting with my Annie Sloan Athenian Black (still had over half a can left from my piano project). I used my Annie Sloan brush to apply the paint which also allows me to get the paint into all of the nooks and crannies. Since I started on the side pieces with grooves, it gave me some time to think. I had the idea that I wanted the top to look like wood just like my front door and faux living room beams (previous blog posts). So, I taped off the "mantel" part with blue painter's tape. Once coat one dried, I came back to do the second coat of black.
Next, once the black was dry, I taped off the top portion of the black that met up with the bottom of the mantel.
Using the same yellowish-orange I used for my faux wood beams, I applied two coats to the entire mantel.
Thirdly, I mixed about half and half of Annie Sloan Dark Wax with White Wax.
Using my Annie Sloan paint brush, I started to apply the wax directly over the yellow. (If you recall from the previous blog posts, my waxing brush had a little accident, so I cleaned my paint brush and continued on.) Why didn't I do the paint technique like on my front door? Mainly because I like the fact that the wax has a textured feel that makes our wood beams "feel" more like wood. I decided to use the wax again for this project for the same reason. However, you could easily follow the steps I used for the front door for a smoother finished effect.
Once I had a coat all over the mantel using the 50/50 mix, I went with straight dark wax over certain areas. I was careful to make sure it looked like it was random and dry brushed in many areas. You could use a chip brush to achieve the dry brushed look as well.
I was liking how this was going, so I moved on to the next step of the main portion of the fireplace.
It was time to sand and wax. Using 400 grit sandpaper, I gently went over the entire fireplace, allowing some of the white to come through in certain areas, with the sandpaper.
Following that, I wiped the dust off with a slighly damp cloth. Finally, I added straight Annie Sloan black wax to the entire fireplace. I apply with an Annie Sloan brush and then wipe off the excess with a lint-free cloth.
It takes 22-23 days or so for the wax to fully cure, but I broke some rules and styled everything just to get some photos. I'll take the items back off for a few days and then put them back on. After that, I just need to be careful until it's fully cured.
A bonus project...or two!
Now that the faux fireplace was black, I couldn't let the clock remain the color it was. (You may have noticed I had a different, larger, clock sitting on top of the fireplace when it was still white - in an earlier photo. If I could have build the large fireplace I wanted, I wanted to use that clock on the mantel. But it's way too large to be proportionate for this size mantel.) I decided to give painting this clock a try as well...with the same Athenian black. And boy am I glad I did! Notice the color before...
Painting this detailed darling by hand was not necessarily fun. However, I wanted the colors to match and I didn't feel like getting my sprayer out and then having to clean it. A can of black may have been find but I really wanted the colors to match nicely and I also wanted to be able to distress easily which is what Annie Sloan allows me to do! So I took the time to paint it by hand using the same method as with the fireplace. I even got that one wall of my bedroom painted with some of the leftover Bungalow Beige I had from the painting the rest of the main floor earlier this year. Goodbye gold..at least on the walls, anyway. The carpet has a gold tone as well but it may be a while until that goes away.
I'm really happy with the fact that I did the wood look on the top. I think that helped warm up the piece. I'm still torn on what I want I'm doing for the rest of the room. Other than continue painting the walls, I do want to consider some type of accent wall behind our bed. And, since our headboard is made from different wooden planks, each stained in different colors (grays/browns), I need it to all come together. So the verdict is still out on whether I want to do a dark charcoal/black accent wall (WHAT???? I can't believe I just said that!) or more of the peel and stick white shiplap. What do you think I should do? Here are more of my final pictures of my newly transformed faux fireplace. I hope this inspired you to accomplish a project on your list!
Here's a look at what this space looked like back when I first finished our bedroom, circa 2009. I just needed a change and a little more character!