Although we are officially moved in to our new house, we still have projects-a-plenty to complete around here.
Our first project is the mantle for our DIY fireplace.
I am excited to partner with HomeRight for this one. They are my newest sponsor and they sent me their Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayerso that we could get a professional looking paint finish.
This project is too big for me to tackle by myself. (Read: Eddie is doing most of the work.)
The first thing my handy hubby did was attach a 4×4 over the fireplace with lag bolts. We could only find pressure treated wood in this size. Because this piece will be completely hidden, I’m not worried about it.
NOTE: It is important to use galvanized nails and screws when working with pressure treated wood. Eddie counter sunk these so that everything can be flush when we attach the painted pieces.
The gashes are from the mutli-tool he used to cut space around the bolts when we forgot that we needed to countersink them in the first place. Such is the life of a DIYer. Learn from our mistake and countersink them from the start.
Then came the fun part, playing with my new toy.
We went to the big box store and bought our lumber and trim. (I will have a full tutorial for the mantle coming soon. I’m still in the process of making some design changes.)
We took an extra piece of painted trim from the builder and had the store color match our paint so that the mantle will be the same color as the trim throughout the house. We got paint and primer in one so that we wouldn’t have to deal with taking the sprayer apart to clean it in the middle of our project.
Even Eddie had to admit that the Finish Max was easier to use than our previous paint sprayer (which is still a mess because we couldn’t get it clean after he used it to stain a fence at our first house).
We liked the vertical and horizontal options, and there wasn’t much over-spray at all. See how clean the cardboard under the painted section on the right is?
It was still a little bit of a pain to clean, but you just can’t avoid that with a paint sprayer. It did clan up very well with just soap and water and we liked that the package included a detail brush for cleaning all the nooks and crannies.
I can’t wait to show you the finished project soon!
UPDATE: It’s finished and you can see it here with step-by-step directions.
or watch our video
Thank you to HomeRight for sponsoring our fireplace mantle. I was provided with product and compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.
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