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DIY Fireplace Makeover

It may seem a little early to chat about fireplaces (or late, depending on what spring looks like in your neck of the woods) but I’ve wanted to share this DIY with you for a while.  Since we are in the middle of COVID-19 shut downs, I now have the time 😉

Back in September I was trying to figure out a way to create a Christmas photography background for my Heritage Holiday Mini Session Event.  I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and I also figured it would be great if I could reuse whatever I decided on.  I started looking at fabric backdrops but they can be expensive and I wouldn’t want to use the same one over and over.  Buying a new one each year was not an option so I had to come up with another idea.  I thought maybe I could find a fireplace surround or fireplace heater that I could use instead.

After pricing them I realized they can still be rather costly.  It seemed all I could find were either antiques or brand new ones.  Building one from scratch would never happen (remember, lazy crafter here) so I started checking out places like Craigslist, etc.  Even though it was early in the season I found this electric fireplace on Facebook Marketplace for $100.  I wanted white (I LOVE white, it photographs so well and goes with everything) so I figured painting this one would still be a lot less expensive than purchasing a new one.

Being a lazy crafter I desperately wanted to find a way to do it easily (aka no sanding).  I read up on spray primers because I figured it would be tough to get paint in all the nooks and crannies with regular paint (I’m just too lazy for that anyway).  I found one that had great reviews and I felt would work well for this project.  I think I ended up using all 3 cans, not the cheapest option but I needed to prime it anyway so….

With having De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis it’s literally a pain to hold down a spray nozzle for long periods of time so I bought a spray grip to help.  It’s a MUST for a project like this!

 

After undoing a few screws on the back of the fireplace to remove the electric insert, I took the surround outside and went to town.  When I finished priming I was going to do a layer of regular latex paint for added coverage and protection.  It was going in the studio and I wanted it to match so I used the same paint we used on the baseboards.

I felt so accomplished, lol!  I absolutely LOVE it!!!

Isn’t it amazing what a little paint will do?

Here is the final set up that I used for my 2019 Christmas Mini Sessions.  I have been grabbing up as many discounted, clearance, Goodwill ornaments and decorations I can find for future use.  I have so many fun colors to choose from I can’t wait to change it up each year.  To be honest though, the adorable black and white buffalo check will be really hard to top!

 

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