I have always loved to have an actual fireplace. I do not know what it is about it, but a feeling of warmth and comfort just thinking about it overcomes me every time. However, the closest we were able to have an actual fireplace was purchasing a freestanding fireplace style heater.

And I know exactly what you are thinking because I thought the same thing. What a great invention. So approximately 6 years ago we purchased one. A dark brown laminate one. And if you have browsed through my other posts you would notice that we had a lot of woody themes everywhere.

The moment our new fireplace arrived I told Hubby that the colour needed to change. There was no question about it. He thought I was crazy, but he knows how I am and did not bother arguing. Unfortunately, the project was put on hold for an unplanned amount of time, until a few months ago.

When I managed to finally begin work on this project and seeing the progress and eventually the result; I kicked myself for not doing it sooner. I am in love with the result. As you may tell. So, without further ado, I would love to share with you all how I achieved this joyfulness.

Firstly, I realized that it being laminate would mean it was to be a tricky job, but, with a little research, I found the right stuff.

What you will need:

  • A Drop Cloth
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Zinsser Branded 1’2’3 Undercoat (Primer & Sealer) Stain Blocker
  • Choice of Bristle Brush
  • Minwax Branded Polycrylic
  • Choice of Paint Colour

Step 1: Using the fine grit sandpaper, give your piece a light sanding. Then wipe clean of all dust particles.

Step 2: Apply 2 coats of the Zinsser product and allow up to 1 hour for it to dry in between coats. So, 1 coat, then wait an hour before applying the second coat and then wait another hour after that. Sometimes the temperature of your working environment plays a part in the drying process. The day I painted this piece it was warm outside.

Zinsser is a thick primer which helps in creating a layer for the paint to stick to. Using it does not require you to sand down your piece, but it does give it a nice effect. It also helps in preventing the outer layers of paint from staining or “yellowing” which is a common problem with painted furniture that are exposed to sunlight.

Step 3: Once the coats of Zinsser have dried apply 2 to 3 coats of your chosen colour of paint. I applied 2 coats and was happy with the coverage.

Step 4: Once the final coat of paint has dried, you will have the option to sand it down a little or distress the edges to add a little character to your piece. I lightly sanded the edges only. I did not want an over “shabby” look and kept the elegant crispy finish.

In this step I also decided to add a applique which I also painted and gave a light sanding too. 

Step 5: Brush off any excess dust particles. We now apply 2 coats of polycrylic. The polycrylic helps in creating a seal to protect against scuffs and scratches. It is an optional addition but highly recommended.

Step 6: Stand back and admire your masterpiece!

Great work!

Thank you for getting this far, and I hope this helps in one of your future projects!

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