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    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), wife, mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

Another Mantel Before & After, Painting Maple Wood

Don’t get me wrong, I have a true appreciation for the beauty of wood… however, I’m also a big fan of painted wood 😛  After doing the mantel in our last home, I knew it was on my to-do list at our new house.  The realization after completing the mantel?  I couldn’t wait to get started on the built-ins surrounding it!  (I’ll be sharing the finished pictures of that soon.. just started it this week).  I honestly love how it turned out.  A little time, yes, but in my book, so worth it!  (See below for the primer & paint I used.. )  Oh, and ignore the bare windows for now… Hopefully I will have an update on those later this week.

Here is what I used for the project, and it worked great!  No sanding at all.  I chose the two specific brands below, specifically because they are odor free.  First I did a rough coat of primer, which dried fairly quickly.  Once it was completely dried, I went back over w/ a nice, even coat of paint.  I would definitely recommend letting it cure for a couple of days before setting anything back on top of the finished paint.  Simple as that!  Time spent w/ a brush/roller in hand, and ta-da!  🙂

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Jen - January 18, 2013 - 7:34 PM

Omg! I have a very similar fireplace and I want nothing more than to paint it white. My husband loves the wood and is making me feel bad for wanting to “ruin” it. I can’t believe it was so easy for you to do!!

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