Thursday, October 13, 2011

Glazing the Fireplace

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green glaze fireplace

I updated my fireplace with green paint and brown glaze.   I've used a glazing technique before with paint and/or stain on my shutter wall, my wall candle holder, a metal lamp and various other projects.  However this time I used a glazing medium.

First I primed my fireplace with an oil primer.  Then I painted it a wonderful green called "Bay Leaf" by Martha Stewart.
bay leaf martha stewart paint
I loved the green however it was a bit too light for this project, so I went back to Home Depot and got a darker green called "Okra", also by Martha.
okra paint martha stewart

You can see the difference between the two greens.  Honestly the first one would have looked lovely, but I was influenced by the little ooo's and ahhhs of my husband and and he had expected a darker color.  So.....being the indecisive Libra that I am, I ran off to change to my mind.

behr blaze
This time I used Behr Glaze mixed half and half with a chocolate color eggshell paint.  After applying the glaze/paint with a brush, I wiped it away with a towel until it showed brown only in the crevices.  Working in small sections I split the fireplace into the top of the mantel, the mantel, each side and then the bottom along the floor.  I kept a water spray bottle handy to dampen the glaze/paint in case I wasn't working quick enough to achieve a consistent look.  I only used the spray a couple times and it came in helpful to give extra time when sections were drying.  

Here is the fireplace before the glaze:

and after the glaze:


green and glaze fireplace

Katie over at Bower Power has an Amazin' Glazin' tutorial as well as Brooke at All Things Thrifty.  

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  1. Fabulous. Just fabulous.

    You make it seem effortless. Though I'm smart enough to know I'd have a hard time getting the lid off the paint.

    You are certainly inspiring and motivating!!

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  3. Thanks Carrie! It honestly wan't too bad and was quite forgiving.


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