I love a good makeover. I was on the fence about repainting this antique. I loved the chippy look of it but it was in bad repair. Since Mom had to make a bottom grate area and box it in so that it would stand on it’s own (the previous owners had just nailed 2×4’s all around the bottom edges), I decided to go ahead and repaint it. The color was just a weird shade of beige. Plus there were so many nail holes that needed to be filled in.
I first painted it Buttermilk by Deco Art. But it was way too yellow. I also painted the tin backboard. It was also too yellow when I finished. I needed it to be more ivory in color. So a trip to Walmart was in order. For the decorative tin backboard I mixed the Buttermilk with some white chalk paint and repainted it with a brush.
For the Fireplace Surround, I ended up spray painting the middle section with HEIRLOOM WHITE by Rustoleum. Then we painted the top and bottom with the same flat black paint Mom used for her Chifforobe and Kitchen Island.
My Mom, bless her heart, had to make a wood box for the “hearth” at the bottom. The before picture below will show you how the previous owners had it rigged up for safety (definitely not for beauty).
Below are more pictures of BEFORE OR DUING.
I wanted to paint this project between Valentine’s Day and Spring. But we had a few sunny days and I was kinda itching to start decorating for SPRING. I am so ready for warmer weather. I love NATURE. So I want to begin with birds, butterflies, greenery, flowers, bird’s nests, etc.
I am very happy how this project turned out. I think Mom and I could have built a faux fireplace surround and maybe we will for our “she shed.” But I am glad I bought this one and repurposed it to fit my garage for decorating and holding our arts and crafts and decor.
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