painting a fire surround

(5 Posts)
chairandchairalike Sun 26-Jun-16 10:48:11

We rent and have got a horribly dated mahogany fire surround in the living room m. With the landlords permission, we've decided to update it by painting in a mushroom colour. Any advice (even if the advice is don't do it!)

Dfg15 Sun 26-Jun-16 11:01:51

I've recently done this and it's looks great. I used Rustoleum chalky furniture paint and Rustoleum varnish. I gave it a good clean with sugar soap and then Two coats of paint and two of varnish.

wowfudge Sun 26-Jun-16 11:26:03

Prime and two coats of water based satinwood paint. Durable, washable and lots of colours to choose from.

chairandchairalike Sun 26-Jun-16 13:47:12

That looks great, I'm pretty clueless, do I need special chalk paint brushes? No need to sand first? Can I mess it up? Should I get a pro? confused

Dfg15 Sun 26-Jun-16 21:22:24

You don't need special brushes just ordinary decent ones. Make sure the fireplace is clean and dust free. I usually water down the first coat slightly. There are lots of tutorials on You Tube you could watch. I'm not an expert but I've done a few bits of furniture and they always turned out well.

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