Mantel Makeover

Revive a tired or dated fireplace mantel with a fresh splash of color.


Step 1: Wash the existing finish with a grease-dissolving detergent or trisodium phosphate (TSP) and let dry. Patch damaged areas and sand lightly with 220-grit sandpaper.

Step 2: Tape off the wall and floor. Rub the tape along the edges to keep paint from seeping underneath.

Step 3: Apply at least two coats of paint to the mantel. For mantel details or moulding, use a small, angled sash brush. For large, flat expanses, use a foam mini roller. After the final coat dries, carefully remove the tape.



  • Angled paintbrush
  • 4-in foam paint roller


  • 2-in painter’s tape
  • Valspar Signature paint, Sea Kiss, #5005-9C


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