Electric Fireplace Gets A Facelift!

Cindy Hagemann
by Cindy Hagemann
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We bought a large electric fireplace at an auction for $60 - it was just like new, but was made out of laminate and looked cheap to me. So, I had an idea of making it more my style.
It was dark (wood) laminate, I wanted to lighten it up. First, we removed the electric fireplace inset, then removed the cheap knobs, filled in the holes.
Started painting it with chalk paint in an off-white color.
Took several coats of paint, with light sanding in between each coat of paint.
I had recently painted this brick feature wall and it was the perfect place for my new fireplace!
After the painting was completed, I was not happy with the top, so I had my hubby make a new mantle top out of barn wood. Love the new look and it looks great on our newly painted brick wall!
And goes perfectly underneath our new television too!
Suggested materials:
  • Chalk paint
  • Barn wood
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  • DF DF on Jun 28, 2016
    Great Job! I've been wondering if it was possible to paint an electric fireplace surround. Did you use special heat resistant paint? Wonderful price on the fireplace too!
  • Elr10758661 Elr10758661 on Oct 02, 2017

    Looks fantastic! What brand of chalk paint did you use?

  • Pam Pam on Oct 16, 2017

    Did you also use the wax after the chalk paint on this project? Looks wonderful

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  • William William on Jun 28, 2016
    Does not look cheap anymore. Great Job!
  • DF DF on Jun 28, 2016
    Oh my Gosh! Small world! Both my husband and I were born and raised in Sanford!!
    • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jun 28, 2016
      My maiden name was Rusho, we moved there in 1969 - my dad still lives there.