I was really hoping to share this Christmas project a bit earlier but I still hope you enjoy it. I was getting tired of the look of this fire place mantel but was not willing to change it just yet. Ok, I didn't want to spend more money at Christmas time but I wanted it to look great. It was all one color from top to bottom... a warm peanut butter color. I liked it originally as it was a previous redo of an 90's oak mantel I acquired but after 10 years of looking at it I was definitely ready for a new look.
That's where Dixie Belle paints come in for me. It is a very inexpensive way to change up your decor and still have a beautiful professional look at a fraction of the cost. If you wanted you could even buy a vintage fireplace and save it or take in a giveaway from friends or family and transform it into something special.
I decided to use the color "Drop Cloth" for the fireplace and to then paint the top with the color "Coffee Bean" It only needed two coats of Drop Cloth for the fireplace and covered every nook and cranny. For the top I did end up doing 2 coats but I could have gotten away with one if I wanted. It looked like barn board with one coat but I was looking for a more solid dark color for more contrast.
The paint dried within 15 min of each coat so it was a very quick project. I let it fully dry overnight and then used clear wax then satin clear coat on the top. I didn't have too as the paint will fully harden in 30 days but somehow I often find cups and glasses on my fireplace so I wanted the extra protection from the wax and clear coat.
I was so pleased with the results! It was done so quickly I decorated the next day for Christmas. Over the holidays I received many compliments which made it even more worth while.
If you have any questions or would like to share your fireplace project with me please contact me with your photos.