Antique Fireplace Mantle Update Using Chalk Paint

I do love a good fireplace don't you? I don't know if it's because I grew up in a historic home where every room had a fireplace, but that may have something to do with it. I've watched my share of House Hunters. I get that a fireplace is on a lot of people's wish list, but not every home has one. I want to show you how easy it is to create a faux fireplace mantle that you can decorate and enjoy for every season. 

Christmas mantle decorated

Faux Mantle Update Using Chalk Paint

Christmas mantle decorated

I stumbled upon this antique mantle at a garage sale over the summer. The woman told me to make an offer, so when I low-balled her an offer of $10, I was surprised she took it. It's a great piece as is, but I knew a good coat of paint would freshen it up a bit.
If you have been around for awhile, you will know that I hate to paint. I love the end result but the actual process is brutal! Thankfully, the HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra does the job at lightening speed and it takes the chore of painting and makes it kind of fun. 

To answer your question, yes, you are able to use chalk paint in the paint sprayer. To see the full tutorial, you can see my post on the HomeRight website where I contribute a little project every month.

I was even able to sand the mantle down, add wax and it created this beautiful matte finish that will look good in any home.

Christmas mantle decorated
Don't think that a fireplace is out of reach for your home. I have seen antique mantels at my local shops {though not as great of a deal as I got!} and you can keep your eyes peeled on Craigslist and Offer Up. You may just score a deal.
I'm thinking of slipping a piece of chalkboard where the logs would normally go. What do you think? Should I do it?

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1 comment

Jen said...

I love this idea & what great lines this mantle has! Our fireplace is pretty sad as it has a tiny shelf above the fireplace , so I definitely need to think of some ways to spruce it up. Love the inspiration!

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