So I don’t have the best original photo of our fireplace because our mantle was not always white – it was an orange-y oak (the typical wood finish you see in houses from the 90s) but otherwise this is what we started with! Daniel had painted the mantle white for me about a week before we did the rest of the fireplace.
When we started this part of the project, the first thing we needed to do was wipe this whole thing down to get rid of any remaining dust, cobwebs, etc. What I discovered was that there was a ton of old candle wax on the bottom portion of the fireplace (thanks ex-homeowners -_-) so we had to add a step and scrape off all the wax.
Once the wax was off, we were able to go ahead and get to painting! Luckily, we were able to get a masonry paint from Home Depot formulated in the white we wanted (Benjamin Moore Simply White) and this meant we only had to do 2 coats!!
After about 2 1/2 hours….
I was super excited about this project. I think it made such an amazing difference in our living room and just really freshened things up! If you’ve ever wanted to go this route with your fireplace–go for it!! 🙂