Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

Fireplace Makeover

Phase one of my sister’s basement is pretty close to being done and she will be ready to move things down there soon. Her basement being finished is what sparked all these projects at her house. Today I am sharing her fireplace makeover I finished up this week. Her dining, family room and kitchen are all one big space so when I painted her kitchen cabinets and refinished her dining room table, it made sense to spruce up the living area as well. This project was sponsored by HomeRight.

Her fireplace was pretty standard builder’s grade and pretty boring. It was made of the same wood as her cabinets and I went through the same process the prep and to paint it. I love the color we chose and the easy fix we came up with for changing her orangey tile.


fireplace before makeover


Fireplace Makeover

The fireplace had even more knot holes than the cabinets and they were bigger and deeper. I almost went through a whole thing of wood putty filling them in. After the putty was dry, I sanded it smooth. I sanded the whole mantel area lightly with 150 grit and 220 grit sandpaper. This makes the surface have some texture for the paint to grip to verses a super slick, shiny surface.


prepping for paint by puttying holes


I taped, and taped and then added some tarps. I covered everything that I didn’t want to get paint on it. The prep is always more work than the painting itself. The painting is a breeze! I used my Super Finish Max paint sprayer from HomeRight. *affiliate link


Painting a fireplace with a paint sprayer

Paint is Mined Coal from Behr


I ended up doing three thin coats. The putty soaks up the paint more than the wood so a third coat was necessary to create an even finish.  Once it was dry. I removed the tarps and tape. I was going to be adding a faux cement tile but knew that some of the grout was going to show so I painted the grout lines the same dark gray.


taped tile


My sister ordered some peel and stick faux tiles from etsy. They seem really durable and they were super easy to apply. If I didn’t place in straight, it easily peeled back off for me to reposition. They offered custom sizes so we order 6″x 12″ tiles. For the corners I just cut one in half.

The new paint and the faux tiles really made this look like a completely different fireplace!


Gray fireplace mantel with mirror above



gray mantel and cement tiles on fireplace


Now I get to giveaway a Super Finish Max to one of you! Use it to complete a fun weekend project. Maybe even your own fireplace makeover :)


gray fireplace mantel and faux cement tiles



Enter below to win the Finish Max Super by using the Rafflecopter widget. Email me at [email protected] if you run into any issues entering.


You must be at least 18 years old to enter. You must be a resident of the USA to enter. The giveaway will go from March 15, 2019 until March 22, 2019. A winner will be chosen by and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. The shipping of the prize is the responsibility of the company, in this case, HomeRight.
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Fireplace before and after makeover


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  1. Patricia Hastings says

    What a beautiful job! I have been wanting a sprayer like this for some time!! Make paint jobs so much easier!

  2. Mary Kaiser says

    OH my that turned out beautiful. What a transformation!! I wish I have a fireplace to transform like that. Beautiful job!

  3. Michelle says

    This turned out beautifully! Those tiles are gorgeous. Good grief, I’m in the middle of so many projects that would go faster with a sprayer!

  4. Rhonda says

    Ooooh where to start?! I would paint the frame of an antique mirror that’s been on my to do list forever! Also paint the exterior of the house, kitchen cabinets, trim, new door to the garage. The list is endless really and I’ve been eyeing one of these babies for a while!

  5. Amy says

    I would paint an old wooden cabinet. It’s an antique but the wood is nothing remarkable. Painting would give it a new life!

  6. Susan M. says

    What a great makeover! I realize we are seeing in on a screen but dang, those tiles look real!

    I picked up a vintage secretary for peanuts and it has been patiently waiting for 2+ years for me to give it a new life. Please Mr. Rafflecopter choose me!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Grammy goodwill says

    The first thing I would paint are my flower pots. They’ve had a rough winter and spring is on its way.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Leslie Kiley says

    The first thing I would love to paint is a bookshelf in my scrapbook room. there are so many things I could do with this wonderful sprayer

  9. Michelle says

    Hi, I have a couple of bed frames with gorgeous curves that I would love to paint…a paint sprayer would make that job much easier. =) Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Danalin says

    Beautiful! And I am excited to check out the peel and stick tiles…how do you think they would hold up on the floor of a mud room? And I would paint my kitchen island first thing…it’s all white in my kitchen and I would love to add some interest.

  11. Erin S. says

    I really want to paint my kitchen cabinets but have been afraid of all the work involved. Having a sprayer would certainly help. The fireplace makeover looks amazing. I love the peel and stick tiles!

  12. Cindy says

    This turned out fantastic. You did a great job and the woodwork stands out much more painted. Notice the details more and the tile looks great.

    Your sister must be thrilled


  13. Lori Hartman says

    I love this project. I can’t wait to look at tiles like this on Etsy. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Kristie says

    This is beautiful! What a transformation! I can think of so many things a sprayer like this would be handy for.

  15. Vickie says

    We are remodeling our parents entire home.
    In and out.
    We just finished gutting kitchen and downstairs bath. Wiring now..these two rounds ons would be first to paint.

  16. Clara Risenmay says

    Wow, so different. It’s beautiful. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and beautiful work.

  17. Joanna Morin says

    The first thing I would paint with this sprayer is all the moulding in the house. It’s a tan and the walls are tan so it all just blends into blah. ;D

  18. Karen says

    I would use the HomeRight’s Super Finish Max paint sprayer to paint my parent’s family room where all the grandkids love to gather and then I’d use it to update some of the finishes on furnishings in my home. Thank you for this fabulous makeover and the exciting possibility to win such a convenient tool!

  19. Mary Anne says

    The fireplace transformation is amazing! One of our next big projects is insulating and painting a closet with shelves. I suspect a paint sprayer would make it much easier, although I’ve never used one!

  20. Carla Erickson says

    I love the makeover. How simple to use paint and a faux tile product. The possibilities are endless! Thanks!

  21. Ashleigh Hall says

    Oh my gosh! That fireplace makeover is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to give my fireplace a makeover also.

  22. kesha says

    I would tackle my piano. I have been wanting to paint it for a couple of years now. This sprayer would be perfect for it!

  23. Karolyn Love says

    Wow, Wow and WOW!!! Does not EVEN look like the same fireplace…what a beautiful transformation! Love the color, LOVE the tile…love the whole thing! Great job!

  24. Laree says

    We are in the process of building a new house- my dreams are filled with projects for years to come that I would use a sprayer for…mostly lots and lots of cool moldings everywhere!!

  25. Christina says

    That fireplace is gorgeous! I love the idea of the peel and stick tiles.
    I just moved into a new (to me) home that needs a serious paint makeover. This sprayer would make that job a breeze.

  26. Lindsay says

    I love this makeover and have so many uses for a paint sprayer! I don’t love painting, so anything to make the job easier!

  27. Tammara says

    So many things can be painted with this sprayer!! It would make my life easier since its time to paint the exterior doors.
    Good job on the fireplace, love it!

  28. Whitney says

    I want to paint my kitchen cabinets. I think I finally picked a color so now I just have to work up the courage!

  29. Sheila says

    Great job! Looks so pretty! I’m sure the sprayer makes painting the insides of cabinets so much easier and quicker!

  30. Samantha says

    What a gorgeous transformation. I love the color and those tiles are perfect with it. I would paint a my son’s chest of drawers so that it freshens up his room.

  31. Samantha says

    I have entire rooms to paint and furniture to go with it.
    I loved the before and the after even more. Wow see you have such a wonderful imagination. that is inspirational. I have a bed and table and a bedroom to paint. I also have the den and the office/bedroom to paint.