The existed brown tile looked as if it had a glaze in it. I cleaned it well using krud kutter and scuff sanded it. Then it was ready for primer.
Updating a Fireplace Hearth With Paint & Stencil
We recently moved into this new to us house. I painted the actual fireplace pink and the hearth felt too dark afterwards. My fireplace doesn’t currently work so I wasn’t worried about finding heat resistant paint. I just knew I wanted the look of small tiles and it to be brighter.
I used a BIN shellac based primer. I used two coats and then a white chalk paint over that. Now it was time to stencil it.
I have quite a few stencils I’ve kept over the years. I loved the top design. It gives off a retro vibe which I love. The only problem is it was tiny so I knew this might take a long time to do. I think this was in a pack from Michael’s I picked up a while back.
I used a blue paint and overlapped the stencil as I went to keep it lined up as best I could.
Here’s a closer look. With stenciling it takes very little paint. Have a paper towel close by to dab off excess paint and just dab the brush onto the stencil so your paint doesn’t bleed through.
What a difference some paint and patience can make, right? This process was pretty tedious but it was well worth it for the end result. It really brightened the hearth up and now it just doesn’t blend in with the floors.
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