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How to Re-Paint Oak Mantel

  The mantel surround had a dark oak stain and although it did not look bad, it clashed with our current wood furniture, so I decided to re- paint it.  

Here is the before:
How to Re-Paint Oak Mantel
Here is the After:
How to Re-Paint Oak Mantel

This project required one coat of primer and two coats of paint.  I sanded it gently,  just to dull it a bit, then  I gave it a coat of Multi-Purpose Oil Based Primer.  I used this Sherwin William low odor formula since we have asthma at my home and strong paint odor is a trigger.  So this paint worked out pretty well, no odor and fabulous coating and no asthma attacks, whew!

The next day I gave the mantel two coats of paint, "Swiss Coffee" by Benjamin Moore semi- gloss and I painted the wall a "Putnam Ivory" to make it stand out a bit.
I'm happy with the new look, to finish it off I would love to change the white tile, but that's a different project.  Thank you for looking.


  1. hi, your oak mantel new looks look so classy in white. maybe i can paint my black dining set to white color too. I want a white theme for this year's xmas celebration. btw, the white tile look okay for match your "new" mantel.

  2. This is an amazing redo. I absolutely love the new look of the mantel. It's so classy and fresh. Nice job!

  3. Hi, I'm following you from blog frog.

    Love what you did with the fireplace, I kept thinking though "why not change the tiles" then you mention just that at the end LOL. Great minds think alike!

  4. Love this! The white look is so fresh, clean and elegant.


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