HOW I PAINTED OAK PANELLING AND A STONE FIREPLACE
As soon as we stepped into our place, I knew within the first minute, we were going to buy it. I loved the potential it had! I could completely see past the vast amount of golden oak and 1990 decor! I loved that it had a main floor family room with a wood burning fireplace. I grew up in a home with a fireplace and there's just something warm and magical about a real wood burning fire :)
A cozy space is instantly created because of it. We're a family of five and we watch tv and movies together, so I knew this room had to house a big ol tv. Not the most beautiful design choice, but it's a room for real life. At least the way we live! So here's a few shots of the family room space before I attacked it with white paint!
So what did I do? Super easy. Just time consuming. I sanded everything well. Not crazy. But made sure to roughen the surfaces up. Wiped all that down. Then, simply applied 1 liberal coat of Sherwin Williams primer. I love this stuff. It's amazing for stopping that golden haze of oil from bleeding through. I swear by it. I've done a million projects over the years and used a ton of different primers out there. Hands down, this is the only one that blocks the oil tea stain colouring from bleeding through. It's awesome. I don't even need 2 coats. Bonus.
I'm not gonna lie. It's a painful process cutting in all the nooks and crannies with molding and trim! Ugh! So at the point above, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, but just kept muscling through!
We also covered the tinted 1990 mirror with some tongue and groove pine boards. Just pin nailed the sides into the frame behind it.
I then painted 2 to 3 coats of Behr's Interior Satin Latex paint. "Ultra Pure White" - didn't tint it, because I love the bright, clean white it is in the can! Plus, I use it for all my doors and trim, so I just keep a gallon of it around and can always use it to touch up if necessary down the road. I don't have to stress about colour matching and remembering what white I painted where. Speaking from experience, this little tip has helped me out as I'm always painting something and needing a touch up here and there, living with so much white!
We still want to get rid of the popcorn ceiling and change the ceiling light, but this little family room has come a long way in my opinion!
As for the fireplace, in case I wasn't clear, I followed the same process. Natural stone absorbs the paint easily and didn't require any extra steps. I was worried about doing white, but it's still in great shape. No real smoke colour damage or anything. But if in time, it's a problem, I can simply touch it up.
So yeah, this family room is well loved and well used. I've had the sectional for a long time and would love to recover it, as I'm tired of the grey colour. However that's a whole lotta money I don't have right now! So it is what it is. I'm going to do an official room tour soon and go through and show different angles and products.