Happy Labor Day weekend my friends! I've been super busy this past week trying to get all my "projects" finished up so we could just spend time relaxing and playing with the kiddos. This fireplace refresh was a quick, easy project that had such a huge payoff. You see this tile surrounding our fireplace has been staring at me and mocking me since the day we moved in. Every time I would walk by it I would cringe. But it just wasn't on on the top of our priorities so I just "lived" with it. Finally I'd had enough, I woke up and decided I was gonna slap some paint on it. I mean what's the worst that could happen? We planned on replacing it at some point anyways so if this was a project fail no harm done. Right?!
Well let me tell you, it wasn't a fail at all! In fact, I LOVE IT (and so does my husband-BONUS). Let me tell you all about the steps I took to transform our tile. Here is a shot of the before so you can see what I was working with.
I used an all purpose cleaner to give the tile a good scrubbing and then let it dry completely. Then I grabbed my paint brush and my Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Hugo Gray and Linen. I mixed the two colors together to get this custom color.
I taped off around the tile to protect the wood and black portion of the fireplace. I did a very light first coat to keep it from dripping. Let each coat dry for about an hour or else the brush will pull off your previous coat. It took me 3 coats, although I could have probably left it at 2 (I can't always leave well enough alone). :) Here is a picture after the first coat so you can see the coverage.
I let the tile dry over night just to be safe, and sealed it with 2 coats of wipe on poly in satin finish (let poly dry 2 hours between coats). After that I pulled off the tape and drooled on the floor in amazement! lol I was so happy with how this turned out. The whole project took maybe an hour total. Can't beat that right!?
And now for some after pics!!! YAY!!!
I hope you guys enjoyed this little tutorial and now have the courage and know how to go paint something! :) I'd love to here what you think of the makeover, and I'm always happy to answer any paint questions you might have. Enjoy your weekend friends!