Monday, January 22, 2018

Vintage Fireplace Mantel Makeover with Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint


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I have always dreamed of finding a vintage mantel for our master bedroom. Mr. Front Porch tagged along with me treasure hunting one Saturday and purchased this beauty for me for Christmas. I was so excited! It didn't always look like this though.

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This is how it looked originally. White and full of chippy goodness...at least from afar.
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Yes, it had chippy goodness to it and I loved the sage paint peeking thru but overall it was in need of some major loving.
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It was just plain dirty looking and no matter what I did I could not get it to come clean. I even took a magic eraser to it to try and get it to looking decent. Since I didn't have any luck I decided I was going to paint the mantel. Gasp!
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Since my chalk paint collection was pretty much non existent from the move because of it all drying out I decided it was the perfect time to try out the Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint Line by Joanna Gaines. Oh she has some beautiful colors to choose from! I narrowed down my selections to these four. It was hard though! I wanted all the colors.
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I also found a can of Annie Sloan Duck Egg hiding so I brought it out as well. The Magnolia colors I ended up using were True White, Deep Rock, and Vintage Weathervane. I brought in the Vintage Weathervane after I was not achieving the desired look I wanted.
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The mantel is SUPER heavy so I just tapped off the wall/floor and painted it right in our bedroom.
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There was no rhyme or reason to what I was doing. I didn't want a full layer of any of the colors. I just layered um lightly here and there. The Magnolia paint does not smell which is a plus. The colors are rich as well as the thickness of the paint. To me it has more of the consistency of a latex paint but it dries super fast. It does not have a chalky feel to it what so ever.
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After I finished layering and blending colors as well as rubbing some of the paint off I used dark wax and clear wax to get more of the aged look I was after. My favorite wax to use is Miss Mustardseeds. 
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At first I was not sure I liked how dark it turned out but after a few days I decided that it was just perfect for our bedroom!
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Soon we will be attaching it to the wall. I also need to decide how I want to treat the opening. Brick is a thought, shiplap another or maybe even a tin. I am just not sure yet.

As for my review of Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint, the colors are fabulous! In all honesty though I prefer to work with other styles of chalk paint. Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint does not really give you the texture of chalk paint or the depth. I also found it harder to not have brush strokes. Now this was just my first attempt at using it and there is always a trial and error phase. Who knows, maybe I will end up liking it more on my next project. 


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17 comments:

  1. It turned out great! Thanks for the review of the chalk paint. I think I will stick to AS....

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    1. Thanks Penny! Yea, I need to start my stash of Chalk Paint. I miss not having them on hand.

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    2. I love the way it turned out. What a great find! It was nice to hear your thoughts on the Magnolia chalk paint too.

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    3. Thank you Mary Jean. If someone has never used Chalk Paint before then they probably would like it.

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  2. Love, love, love it, Pamela! It really has a nice European feel to it, and looks gorgeous the way you have styled it. The rug is the perfect compliment.

    Yay!!

    Jane x

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    1. Thank you so much Jane! Enjoy seeing your grand babies over on IG!

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  3. No matter what, you should love it. Right? The paint looks amazing!

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  4. Beautiful. It looks amazing in your room. It's good to know about the chalk paint.

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  5. I love how you decorated your mantel. I agree, your rug is fabulous.

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    1. Thank you Ivory Jean. I purchased it from Joss & Main but it is available thru a bunch of the sale sites.

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  6. I love the color! Nice to hear about your experience with this chalk paint too. Can you tell me the brand/style name of your rug?

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    1. Thank you Dee Ann! The rug I purchased from Joss & Main but I have seen it on various other sites like Overstock, Zulilly, Rugs USA I believe and Wayfair. I unfortunately do not remember the name. Each of those sites all have their own name for it sadly enough.

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  7. I look forward to seeing what the opening will be. I want to do this is my master bedroom as well. I'm sure you'll make OUR mantel look great!

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    1. Thank you Kim! It really adds personality to the space.

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