YOU GUYS, I could not be more pumped to share this little makeover with you. Suuure it’s not a full room reveal or anything epic like that… BUT HELLO. This fireplace situation needed some serious TLC.
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Never mind that there’s no ceiling… there’s just a LOT happening there, right? Not only is there sooooo much molding going on, there’s also 90’s wallpaper, fleshy-toned walls, and an enormous plaster picture frame that is PART OF THE WALL above the fireplace.
YES, those are plaster bows on the edges of the frame.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually LOVE a lot of what is going on here (and i’m overjoyed to actually have a fireplace now!)… but we need to make some changes, ya know? The least of which is the wallpaper coming down and priming/painting everything white. Which vastly improved the situation. Adding plants didn’t hurt either. 😉
I sat and stared at that wretched plaster frame for months, casually researching on my phone to try to figure out the best way to get that sucker off. And if you scroll back up to the above pic, you’ll see that I pried off the bows on the ends with a putty knife just to whet my whistle.
Nick was in the throes of kitchen renovation, and I knew it was on me to figure this one out. And a putty knife wasn’t going to do the trick for the rest of this mess. I played around with THIS TOOL and made some progress…
This was a tedious (and MESSY) process. But also very satisfying. Between the multi tool and a crowbar and hammer, I slowly just worked my way around the frame.
I was so relieved to finally have that thing OFF my wall, that I was pretty satisfied to just admire it in its current state for a time.
Have you ever seen a more glorious sight? 😉
All the online tutorials I was finding for patching a large area like this were for drywall. Not plaster. So I had to dig really deep.
To my surprise, my research led me to a couple of DAP products that seemed like they might work. You know I love DAP products and have used them for a multitude things in our home. So when I reached out to them with my problem, not only did they have the perfect product… they also are sponsoring this post!!!
To prepare the surface, knock down any high spots with a putty knife, and spray the whole area down with water to help with adhesion.
I mixed up some of the DAP Plaster Wall Patch according to the instructions, and cranked up the music.
You know how when you’re frosting a two-layer cake, and you really have to slather it on the sides to get frosting into that cavern between the two cakes? That’s a lot what this feels like. And the Plaster Wall Patch goes on so smooth!!
The first layer is the thickest and sloppiest. But that’s ok! My little inspector said I was doing a fine job.
Sand between coats. I highly recommend using (or renting) a drywall sander. It makes this part dare-I-say FUN, and it’s less messy because it hooks up to a shop vac to keep the dust down.
I love it when Nick bothers to snap a pic of me in action. Otherwise it’s not often that I make an appearance in my own blog posts.
LOOK HOW HAPPY MY FACE IS TO HAVE THIS PLASTER FRAME GONE!
3 coats later, and this sucker is smooooooth as a baby’s booty. Of course to your eyeball, it still looks rough because it needs to be painted.
And I had a moment where I was like… I DON’T NEEEEED TO PAINT THIS WHITE. I CAN PAINT IT WHATEVER COLOR I WANT!
So I painted it black, naturally.
I’ve been DREAMING of how this would look, complete with the big round mirror and new fireplace screen… and if you follow my Instagram Stories, you know how much hassle and drama went into making all of this complete. But it was JUST SO WORTH IT.
Wouldn’t you say it looks better without that atrocity of a plaster picture frame above the fireplace?! And it will look even better when we have a ceiling and our projector screen will be a little more incognito.
Eventually I’d like to put some pretty sconces on either side of the fireplace, but the hanging baskets with plants are a good filler for now. YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH PLANTS!
Thanks for following along on this saga!