Hello everyone, happy Monday, hope you had a great weekend! The hub and I spent our weekend in San Francisco, and apparently everyone else in the world did too. Oh my word the traffic! It was
The game was awesome and we had such a great time watching in the autumn sunshine, I needed that! Fall is simply incomplete without great football.
So I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about things I may or may not have mentioned around here, and I thought I should offer a few As to some frequent Qs so here goes!
Q: I was wondering what color you used to paint your white kitchen cabinets. ~ Jenny
A: Hi Jenny, I didn’t paint the white cabinets in
Q: Attached are pictures of my fireplace that I would love to repaint white or antique white but I am fearful that it will not look right against our dark wall and I have never tackled a project this large. Please help with any ideas or suggestions. ~ Chris
A: Hey there Chris, I wouldn’t hesitate to prime and paint your mantel white or antique white. A white mantel is always fresh, always classic, and coordinates with your existing planters and candlesticks. It also provides a dramatic contrast to your dark walls and your wood mirror. A little of Rust-Oleum’s high heat paint in black will modernize the brass trim on the fireplace doors too, just like I did with
Here’s a glimpse of what a paint makeover can do:
Q: I am a new follower and I have a question that I am sure you have been asked a thousand times. I am dying to know where you got the quatrefoil style mirror above your mantel. ~ Kathryn F.
A: Kathryn, that mirror was a floor sample I found at Lamps Plus that was scratched and had a weathered copper-like finish to it. I picked it up for half price due to the minor damage then I spray painted it gloss white and turned it on its side. Good news though, they still carry it, it’s the
Q: I’m in the process of getting bids on adding a mantel and surround to my gas fireplace. I’ve scoured the internet in search of the perfect style and low and behold guess who’s fireplace surround I found on Pinterest and fell in love with – yours! Where is it from?” ~ Roxanne
A: Hey Roxanne, we ordered that mantel five years ago from
Q. Did you sand your laminate entertainment center first before using the Zinsser Cover Stain? How did it hold up after a year? A couple of pieces that I am doing for a friend are the laminate and one of them is a bookshelf for her young son – I just want to make sure that this will hold up for her. ~ Cindy
A: Hi Cindy, no I did not sand it, I simply primed it, lightly sanded the primer, then wiped it down to prep the surface for paint. The real key with laminate is the bonding primer. Some water based formulas will adhere to glossy surfaces, but the Zinsser Cover Stain in the oil based formula is a sure guarantee in my experience.
I’ve painted laminate shelves, bookcases, and
If any of you have any questions for me, feel free to leave them in a comment and I’ll respond there or do my best to respond via email or even in a future post.