Friday, March 20, 2015

Feature Friday!! - Shannon's Fireplace Makeover

My friend Shannon is one of the people who, maybe without knowing it, inspired me to take on projects around the house once we owned our own place! She is a handywoman extraordinaire and has done a lot of work around her house - I love seeing her projects! Women with power tools rock!

This time she tackled her green tile fireplace with some chalk paint. She says:

I guess some people like a green marble fireplace...but not me.  It just stuck out like a sore thumb against my surrounding decor.  I wasn't sure I wanted to tile over it so I started looking for an easier and cheaper solution.  This came in the form of Annie Sloan chalk paint.  I went online and found a store that would mail some to me since there weren't any stores nearby that offered it. 

This is my old (I consider ugly) marble fireplace.  I first cleaned it with a simple solution of water and Dawn to get all the soot and grease off the marble.

Items used for project:  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.  I ordered two of the 4oz trial sizes which covered the fireplace in two coats with half of one bottle left over.

This is the fireplace after one coat.  Still a little streaky.  Supposedly, the chalk paint normally needs only one coat.  This was my first time using this paint and I believe it would work but with the slickness of the marble, I think it required two coats of paint.

This is the fireplace after two coats. I then applied two coats of Annie Sloan Soft Wax. (Also ordered online.)

This is the finished product about 2 months after completion. I love the end product.  And I would do it again.  It does have a few scratches which can easily be touched up but it was a much easier and cheaper than pulling out the old marble or tiling over it.  

Beautiful, Shannon! It looks great! Thanks so much for sharing! 

Happy Friday everyone!


  1. It turned into a simpler fireplace, but it doesn’t mean it got worse, in fact; it looks much more elegant after you applied the chalk paint. I really like how the fireplace blends better in the overall aesthetic of your home after painting. Your fireplace is proof that simplicity is beauty. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    Brett Rogers @ Flame Furnace

  2. I couldn't agree more about women with power tools. It's such a rarity where I'm from and is always a very cool thing to see. I'm a junior handywoman, haven't quite worked my way up to being a full-blown on because I'm still kind of new. Haven't worked my way up to using power tools yet, they kind of intimidate me. LOL.

    Carry Scanlon @ Chim Chimney