The 4 stages to painting a fireplace surround

Posted: 12th Aug 2019

Create a statement focal point with this fun DIY idea

1. A quick and affordable way to update your fireplace is to paint the surround to tie it in with the rest of your décor. Always begin by lightly sanding down the wood. Wipe away the dust and clean thoroughly. Remember to tape off any parts that you don’t want to be painted. 

2. For best results, use a specialist wood primer before applying your top colour. Sash brushes are a good choice of paintbrush for this project, as they can get into awkward nooks and crannies, particularly on older, more ornate fireplaces. 

3. Apply your chosen colour using a wood-specific paint. Regular emulsions won’t be able to withstand wear and tear nearly as well. A gloss or eggshell finish is recommended. Apply several thin coats of paint to get the best coverage.

4. Bear in mind that to paint parts of a fireplace that are nearer to the flame, or perhaps the stove itself, you will need to use a specialist paint that is fire and heat resistant.

Feature and styling by Cassie Pryce / photos by Simon Whitmore