Just bought a 1960?s house, which I would say has been ?modernised? at some point in the 80?s. We are on a very tight budget and so trying to do somethings on the cheap to make it bearable whilst dealing with the big things (hideous carpets)
The fire surround (gas fire ? marble ledge and back - not particularly to my style but ok) seems to be a sort of laminated, wood effect plastic and I would really like to paint it out ? would a gloss paint work (have had a go, but it went very patchy ? possibly needs multiple coats) or should I use a plastic paint? And if so will this make it look like a plastic mantel piece??
I don't know if it would work but you could spray paint it with a stone effect spray paint. I know someone who did this to a fireplace and it looked quite good. [http://www.plasti-kote.co.uk/Product/pcode---4651/pccode---3620 here]
Thanks everyone. I am going to try the melamine paint as although the stone effect looks lovely it is such a monstrosity I dont want to draw attention to it it really is the most hideous thing ever I keep on looking at it an thinking what were they thinking off?