I have been focusing on the family room since the New Year dawned. We spend the most time there so it makes sense to use it as a jumping off point for the rest of the house. I’ve been happy with our painted bookcase backs but over Christmas I decided the brown marble in our fireplace surround was just too distracting. It was such a strong, elegant look and didn’t jive with the more casual, colorful vibe I was going for.
I had done nothing with the fireplace because in my mind I saw a total overhaul. Shiplap or moulding, different tile, a cleaner mantel, the whole nine yards. However, the reality of where that would be on the wish list meant it wasn’t going to happen anywhere in the near future.
Enter my decision to paint.
I spent a zillion hours on google looking at high temperature paints and ultimately decided to go a different route. I discovered that Annie Sloan chalk paint is water-based and not flammable. The website says it is safe for fireplace surrounds although it is not fire retardant so stay away from the anything that fire touches.
The graphite color gives a flat, slate-like look which is right up my alley. I love slate so I’m a happy camper. I realize that it doesn’t have the variation or interest that the marble did but I’m not looking for it to be a focal point. Oh, and I didn’t use any kind of wax because of the potential for it to melt. I do plan on doing some kind of poly or topcoat to keep it from scratching but I haven’t gotten around to it. I wanted to be sure I liked it first.
I do so I should get on that.
Often, we hesitate to replace something that is nice or expensive. Painting over marble is probably a sin for all stone enthusiasts. However, I spent $30 and changed something that did not work for me to something that works for a few years at least.
One thing at a time and eventually we will get there!