How I painted my pine fireplace

My mantle makeover.  

My living room used to be so dull until I tackled the job of painting the fireplace. 

This was an old blog post that I have just re edited to add in some new photos. I left in the old ones for you to have a look at the before pics. This was back in the day of the camera phone pics so please be kind lol!. 

The fireplace for me was the focal point of the room so when it was the darker colour it really made the room look small and dull. It took me about two days to complete the paint job. Its over two years since I painted it and I can happily report that it is still perfect and I have had no chips or flakes. You can scroll below for how I done it. 

Also this was my wallpaper before I changed it again last Spring. As you can see I change my wallpaper often! The wallpaper below I picked up in B&Q and although I loved it I fancied a change and last Spring I changed it to the one above which is the Beatrice cyclamen from Laura Ashely. 

The before. 

As you can see it was a orange pine colour. However the fireplace itself was in great condition so it would have been a shame not to save it. I had already painted the other pieces of furniture in the room and this was the last thing to be made over. I knew painting this would be the icing on the cake for my living room. 

How I did it? 

– Lightly sand and scrub with some sugar soap, This fire place had been lit before so it had some soot around edges. I had to scrub this off so I could give the best base for the paint to stick to. Remember paint won’t stick to dirt so always clean your project with some sugar soap. 

– Prime the knots in the wood to avoid them bleeding in the future.

– Then the fun stuff! The paint. I used Dulux satinwood in antique white. I used one coat of primer and three coats of satinwood. I needed the three to get the coverage but looking back I should have just done a second coat of primer. 
Make sure to allow enough time between coats for each coat to fully dry. 

I didn’t use any varnish to seal as the paint dries smooth and it didn’t need it. I can also wipe my fireplace clean. 

** I don’t light my fire but if you do and want to paint your surround you will need to get special heat resistant paint/varnish as normal paint can crack and chip under too much heat. Also do not paint inside a fire or close to where flames will be.**

Make sure to let your fireplace fully dry and cure before you add your knick knacks on as you don’t want your perfect paint job to chip or lift on you. 

I then added some mouldings as I wanted it to look like a fancy french fireplace. 

I got these mouldings from, you might have seen these mouldings in some of my other projects. I am obsessed with them as they are a cheap way to make your piece look priceless. 

Check out how I used the mouldings on my headboard in a recent project.

I hope you found this post useful and don’t forget to tag me in your DIY project pics on instagram. Feel free to also send me a mail or comment below with any questions. 

Thanks for reading.
Chat soon.




  1. Carry Scanlon
    December 14, 2015 / 8:25 am

    I recently asked my husband to fix the mantle on our chimney too. Rather than buy all new accessories to showcase the location, you would be surprised how many awesome candle holders, vases, and knick-knacks you can find at year sales. A fresh coat of paint and my fireplace and mantle are the focal point of the room as a result.Carry Scanlon @ Chim Chimney

  2. a writing place
    December 30, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    What you did to your fireplace, is simply fantastic. Love it!!!!Tessa on IGIn Blog Land…

  3. The dainty dress diaries
    December 30, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Aw Tessa thank you so much that so sweet of you x

  4. Tara Faulkner
    January 17, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Thanks for reposting this!!! Great tips

    • Catherine Carton
      January 17, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Good luck with yours! its gonna be fab and will make a huge difference to the room. Can't wait to see it x

  5. Orla McCarthy
    January 18, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Love it….and love this page!

    • Catherine Carton
      January 18, 2017 / 9:12 am

      Thanks for reading Orla x

  6. Rae Lou B
    March 12, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I would love to do this to my pine fireplace but the previous owner waxed it. Which is seemingly impossible to get off. X

  7. Avril Delaney
    March 28, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Hi Can I just ask you where you got all the lovely house candle holders? Thanks Avril

  8. Unknown
    April 4, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Hi….what primer would I use when painting my fireplace??

  9. Unknown
    September 17, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    Could I use wood filler in the cracks of Mexican pine before I paint it?

  10. Unknown
    October 18, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    Hi I have the same fireplace and thinking of painting it I have bolts in mine which are black not sure what colour to put on them going to use designer white on the rest what would you suggest thanks

  11. Bryony
    December 30, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    This looks amazing! So glad I found your page as you've enthused me to do mine over the new year.

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