Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Duffy Brown’s Spruce for Spring.

It’s that time of year when I look around and think this house needs a spiff bad. I need to get rid of the grime of winter and add something fresh and new. I’m no Martha Stewart so I go with the idea of anything has got to look better than this! If it’s just clean it will be a huge improvement.

My first project was my fireplace. This is a huge deal in that once the paint is on there is no going back! You can repaint a wall or cabinets but redo the curtains but once the paint is on brick it’s there for keeps. 

I forgot to take a pic of my fireplace before but this is pretty close to what it looked like.

My fireplace looked good forty years ago but now it was just mostly dingy orange and dated. I got one of those brick paint kits ‘cause I didn’t want a strictly painted look but more of a tumbled stone look.

I looked online and there were instructions on how you could do this on your own but like I said I’m no Martha I went with the kit. I used this thing called brick anew. It’s five stages, took a few hours but it worked. Here’s the finished project.

You put a base coat down then add four more colors so it gives shades and shadows. I watched  a ton of youtube videos to get some ideas and it was time well spend. I found out what works and does’t and avoid mistakes I so would have made!

Today I’m trying some paint called Annie Slone’s Chalk Paint to spiff some furniture. I’ll talk about that next week. Wish me luck.

Hugs, Duffy