Marble Effect Paint for Slate Fire Surround

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blog, Faux Finishes Blog, Hand Painted Furniture Blog, Paint Effects Blog

Marble Effect Paint for Slate Fire Surround – Blog by Lee Simone

 

The finished marble paint effect fire surround

The finished marble paint effect fire surround

 

Close up of the marble paint effect

Close up of the marble paint effect

 

The marble effect painting on this fireplace was the second commission from a couple near Milton Keynes. The first fire surround I painted for them was in their lounge, this one was in the dining room. This too was in pretty poor condition and needed a fair bit of preparation before I could actually paint the marble effect. 

 

The fire surround before painting began

The fire surround before painting began

 

Close up of the warn and damaged surface with hints of the original marble paint effect

Close up of the warn and damaged surface with hints of the original marble paint effect

 

The clients wanted to change the original red marbling colour, which would have jarred with the tiles, to a black base with grey and white marbling. If you looked closely you could still see hints of the original Victorian marbling, offering a glimpse of what the surround would once have looked like. Aside from the surface now being very worn and scratched it wasn’t heavily painted and may even have been the original finish. It certainly didn’t have the many technicolour layers the lounge fireplace had.

The Process – 

The first stage was to thoroughly cleaning everything with Krud Kutter cleaner/degreaser. The main obstacle here was to remove all the soot that had accumulated over years of use – lets just say there were many many cloths and buckets of water used!

The next stage was the sanding, the main aim of which was to remove any of the flaking paint and to create a smooth, workable surface ready for the filling and painting. Once sanded I applied a coat of shellac primer, sanded it smooth and then sorted all the damaged areas and caulked the gaps before applying a second coat of the same primer.

 

Prepared, base painted and the panels masked off

Prepared, base painted and the panels masked off

 

Once primed I applied two coats of Empire alkyd paint by Tikkurila. This had to be applied very smoothly as it would be base to the marble effect and nothing spoils the illusion more than seeing great big brush marks in your marble! Once the black base was established I masked off the areas that would, and would not be painted. In this design there were areas in the panels that were left black.

 

Painted marble effect complete and the start of the silver line detailing on the panel

Painted marble effect complete and the start of the silver line detailing on the panel

 

Once the marble paint effect had been created, a two stage process overlaying separate transparent layers, I edged the panels with a silver line and brushed some of the same silver over the ornate metalwork on the hood. This really made things pop and brought everything to life. 

 

Close up of the finished marble paint effect and silver detailing

Close up of the finished marble paint effect and silver detailing

 

Close up of the painted marble effect and brushed silver on the metal work

Close up of the painted marble effect and brushed silver on the metal work

 

Close up of the central panel

Close up of the central panel

 

The finished marble paint effect

The finished marble paint effect

 

It’s a great feeling knowing you’ve put a lot of work into a job and restored an original piece that had been neglected year after year. As with the lounge fire surround the clients were over the moon, saying once again that I had surpassed all their, considerably high, expectations:-)

If you would like to see pictures and read about their other fire surround I marble effect painted then please follow the link below –

Painted Marble Effect on Slate Fire Surround

 

Please use the following link to see the full Faux Finish Gallery.

 

Lee works throughout Yorkshire and the UK and is within easy reach for projects in York, Wetherby, Ripon, Bradford, Leeds, Doncaster, Wakefield, Halifax and the surrounding areas.