My little mountain rental had a corner fire that turned into like a dark, unhappy hollow. I concept it could use a make-over…
Fireplace earlier than. Gulp… Did I want to color that rock? …It turned into a "dedication!"
Used plastic and painter’s tape to defend the black firebox and alongside ground. This step, achieved nicely, will prevent many headaches in the future. (It took about half-hour.)
Valspar paint from ACE Hardware (sorry for the messy can). — Latex – Satin end
Mantel coloration: "Twinkle Twinkle". – Valspar "Color of the Year"
Rock colour: "Sculpting Clay" — I wanted a mild/medium true GREY.
First I took a twine brush and "brushed" all of the lichen and loose mortar away. Then swept the rock with a brush and vacuumed. (30 minutes)
I study on a weblog that a nappy curler is ideal on rock. I tried it… Essentially it become a waste of a good curler. It absolutely still left a number of brush painting to do.
I, ultimately, used a small brush for the mortar and a larger one for the flatter surfaces.
The first coat took FOREVER (four hours.). The mortar and rock really soaked up the paint… Additionally rocks have SO many crevices! But… I knew that if I did an awesome job on the primary coat… The second one might be a chunk of cake.
Frankly, I turned into a bit involved at this level!! The paint turned into some distance from grey — it become almost a grimy chalk coloration. YIKES!
Oh nicely… "it is just paint." At the very least I had a first coat of something at the surface. I went to mattress.
When I awoke in the morning, I discovered the paint had dried and cured a bit — into the appropriate colour of grey!
I painted any other coat. It went on way extra easily than the primary coat — only took hours! My patience and fortitude on the primary coat paid off in spades!
Time to remove the plastic and tape: (10 minutes)
0 Here’s my finished fire!! I’m SO glad with the result! (the coloration is truly a piece darker/richer than this picture… More just like the preceding picture.)
Reward: snow on the ground, a pitcher of wine in my hand, piano tune on — and a fire to keep me warm. Sigh… So contented. 🙂