Project details - Painted ‘Shabby Chic’ Fireplace

Painted ‘Shabby Chic’ Fireplace – Oare Manor, Exmoor

For this painted ‘shabby chic’ furniture project, I again headed down to Oare Manor in Exmoor.  I usually head down around once a year to do some faux finishes or specialist paint effects and it’s always a pleasure. The manor house is beautiful and the countryside around it stunning. This time my main jobs were to transform a couple of fireplaces, creating a faux stone and trompe l’oeil effect on one and this ‘shabby chic’ finish with patinated gold effect on the other.

The clients wanted this fireplace to feel lighter and brighter – covering the dark slate interior and painting the surround to compliment the existing shabby chic mirror. The room is opulent to say the least, so the key here was to create an aged finish that looked rustic but also elegant. I had already sent down some samples showing potential options for transforming the slate and once in-situe set about working out the best way to approach the fireplace. It was seriously rustic to say the least, having been cobbled together using various pieces of wood. There were many nails and gaps, so the preparation, as always, was going to pivotal before the final layers of glaze were applied.

A lot of the accessories in the room are gold, so along with changing the look of the surround, the client wanted a gold finish to replace the heavy dark slate interior. The slate was making that area of the room feel rather imposing and from the various samples I had done, the textured patinated gold effect (please see image above) was the one they liked the best. I was really happy about this as I too thought it was the best option and would look great! All in all, achieving both finishes took a lot of work, with many a layer of paint and glaze applied. The clients were really happy with the final results though, so it was well worth it.


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