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Happy Monday to you all and happy almost Spring!! Thank you Mr. Groundhog 😀 Today I am going to share 2 fairly quick and easy DIY projects. Our fireplace has needed an update for a few years now, and while this is not my plan long term, I am happy with the results.
Two years ago, shortly after we painted our kitchen cabinets white, I quickly followed suit on the mantel and surrounding trim, and love it. The plan to replace the tile was put on the back burner until spring/summer, so I investigated painting the tile. I was nervous, but told myself if it was a bust, we would just need to move up the plans to tear it apart and start over. I purchased the epoxy from the Paxton hardware store.
- Glazed Ceramic Tile
- Countertop Laminate
The first step was to clean the surface and then wipe dry. The directions said to sand the surface, but high gloss ceramic tile doesn’t roughen up! I used as much elbow grease possible and didn’t make a scratch! I then applied painter’s masking tape. The directions on the box didn’t mention using a primer, but the salesman at the hardware store suggested it. After realizing I was unable to roughen the surface, I decided I had better prime for sure.
This picture shows the primer. I was pretty nervous at this point because it wasn’t covering real well, but as you can see in the next picture the epoxy finish did the job 🙂 .
I couldn’t believe how the epoxy brushed on. With the first brush stroke was a smooth, thick finish. I loved it immediately. It did mention NOT using a roller or foam applicator. I applied 2 thin coats, allowing a dry time of 3 hours in between. Cure time is 3 days minimum, and do not remove tape until it is fully cured. I touched it the next day and it was very tacky.
These are just quick details and directions, please read directions provided thoroughly if you decide to venture into a similar project. I wanted to share this idea, because it worked and it’s easy! I also painted the built in (wood) recently (see first photo above for before). Everything flows really well now 🙂 .
To go along with dressing up the fireplace, I thought it would be fun to make a Valentine’s Day ribbon garland. Talk about quick and easy! For those of you who know my mom well, you know how crafty she is. She gets excited when I express my desire to be crafty, and is always quick to offer any supplies she may have. I have an enormous tub filled with mountains of ribbon that she gave me several years ago. I had so much fun making this garland, I decided to make a second and give it away 🙂 . I can think of many little girl’s rooms this would decorate as well 😉 . Each comment you leave on this post counts as an entry.
- Cotton material of choice
- Measure how long you want the garland to be.
- Cut strips of material (personal choice) I cut up an old stained table cloth
- Cut strips of ribbon and yarn
- Tie the material, ribbon, and yarn around the main string
For a little added character, I chose a few fabric hearts, tied with pompom string and pearl embellishments.
Thank you for returning this week. I would love to hear if you have painted ceramic tile, and how it has held up. I am always eager to hear from you.
Author: Martha Knake
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