Stunning Fireplace Makeover

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Hello friends!

Well, this December has certainly been a very busy month for me and I can’t believe how fast time is flying.

Christmas is going to be here in about a week and I can’t wait! I have been very busy with a special project that my mother and I have taken on.

We have been redecorating a home for a client — for Christmas and as well for every day living. I wanted to share with you all the fireplace makeover that I did for our client. I can’t believe this transformation and most of all — I can’t believe I did it!

I do things sometimes that even surprise me! lol

This was the fireplace before

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Nestled in the bottom right corner is Sheldon lol (Our client’s adorable chihuahua)

We had discussed with our client replacing the fireplace with something that would match our new design for the room better but I had also suggested re-doing this one.

Can’t hurt, right? 

I am so glad I went with my gut because not only does this fireplace have a different look, it looks like a brand new piece!

My first thought was that this fireplace could use a more regal look, so I headed to Home Depot to grab some decorative trim.

I also found this neat little leaf applique and knew right away it would look great!

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I used my sliding miter saw from Ryobi to cut the trim at 45-degree angle so that it would fit in the corners.

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I used my air nailer to fix the trim and the leaf applique on the fireplace.

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Since this fireplace was a very dark “wood” (it’s not real wood, it’s MDF) I went over the fireplace with two coats of primer.

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After the two coats of primer had dried, I painted the fireplace with Vanilla Frosting from Country Chic Paint.

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After the final coat of paint had dried, I realized the fireplace needed a little something more.

I decided to put a live edge top on it. I grab some soft maple and nail it onto the top with my air nailer and tada!

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Here’s a side by side comparison so you can see the amazing difference!

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This was such an easy upgrade and if you’re thinking of making over an electric fireplace you should totally consider just getting some paint, decorative trim and a piece of wood for the top.

What an amazing difference!

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If you love this makeover, don’t forget to pin it! 😀

Keep on makin' stuff!

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Bathroom Vanity Makeover with EnviroTex Lite

Hey guys! I am so excited to share this post with you! I have taken part in the “Fab Furniture Flippin Contest” Sponsored by “EnviroTex Lite®”  I can’t wait to show you the bathroom vanity that I made over with this product.

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This is my first time participating in the “Fab Furniture Flippin Contest” and it has been so much fun. Before I go into the details and photos of my project, I would like to throw out a huge thank you to Evelin Alvarez-Flores. She is the creator and operator of the “Fab Furniture Flippin Contest” and I am so grateful to be included!

A big thank you as well to our hosts for the contest, Christi, Scottie, and Jessica. Thanks for all your hard work, too!

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And, of course, I can’t forget the fine people over at “EnviroTex Lite®“. Thanks for sending me your amazing product so that I could create and makeover a dingy old bathroom vanity.

 

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I saw a video a long time ago on Facebook and it was a tray makeover where they filled the tray with resin. It was so cool and ever since I saw that video, I have been wanting to work with resin.

When I saw the post in the “Fab Furniture Flippin Contest” Facebook group about the resin challenge, I knew it was one that I wanted to be a part of.

If you’re interested in the “Fab Furniture Flippin Contest” and want to be a part of the next challenge, check it out here.

Let’s talk about our Sponsor

EnviroTex Lite®

EnviroTex Lite® is a water clear reactive polymer compound. It cures to a thick, glossy coating in about 8 hours at 70°F, and reaches full strength and toughness in about 48 hours. This durable, resilient material requires no polishing to produce a high gloss. One coat is all that is usually required for a deep attractive finish, however, two or more coats may be applied one over the other by simply wiping the surface with a clean cloth and alcohol prior to re-coating.

The possibilities for this versatile product are endless! Just head over to their website and check it out!

The Challenge

The challenge for this month was “Showstopping TOPS!”

And boy, oh boy, did I have a “top” that needed a little updating. Take a look at this old bathroom vanity.

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It’s seen better days, eh?

This is the bathroom vanity in the washroom at the store that my mom and I operate. We definitely can’t have customers coming in and seeing this!! I thought this would be a perfect job for EnviroTex Lite®.

First thing I did was clean it the best that I could. I got rid of any dirt or grime.

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I painted the countertop first because I didn’t want the white old “fake marble” showing through.

I used Bee’s Knees from Country Chic Paint because this is the same color that I painted the cabinet fronts with.

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A great paint job always starts with a little bit of painter’s tape.

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I let the countertop dry and then dug out the pieces that I was going to resin into the countertop.

My mother used to do stained glass so she has buckets and buckets of glass pieces.

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I thought that this would be something totally different and unique so I create a mosaic countertop.

I arranged the pieces on my countertop.

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This seems simple enough, but it was actually quite time consuming. It’s not easy to get all the piece to look effortless.

Now for the fun part — the mixing of the resin.

When you purchase a kit from EnviroTex Lite® , everything you need to mix the resin is included. The one thing you will want to get that isn’t included is some gloves.

Mix and prepare the resin according to the instructions on the packaging. One thing that is vital is to make sure that you have the correct ratio of resin and hardener. The ratio is even measurements.

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I have to say that this stuff was actually quite fun to “play” with.

Once you have thoroughly mixed according to the instructions, you can pour your resin over your project. I had to mix up quite a lot to cover the vanity.

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It’s very important to protect the surrounding of your project as the resin will spread. I used painter’s tape at the edge of the countertop to help control the drips.

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Once you have covered your project with the resin, you can use a straw to gently blow out any air bubbles. You can also use a BBQ lighter to do this, too.

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I left the resin for 72 hours before touching it.

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After 72 hours, I was left with a solid and gorgeous finish!

You can see more detailed instructions on how to work with EnviroTex Lite® and how to achieve the best finish for your project by watching this video.

I felt like the bathroom vanity needed some better “edging” — if you will. I went really rustic with this space and decided to grab some scrap wood and barn board to create a whole new look.

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I also added some barnboard to the side of the vanity to complete the whole look.

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So now that you have seen my gorgeous makeover using EnviroTex Lite® go ahead and check out all the other entries by clicking here.

Also, head over and see what our fabulous hosts came up with!

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My DIY Envy

If you fell in love with this project, don’t forget to pin it!

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Keep on makin' stuff!