Fireplace mantle, before and after
Brittany Shaw portrait

Fireplace Refresh

Fireplace Mantle Refresh with Paint

Brittany Shaw

A Spark of Creativity

We were given this gorgeous mantle, but it was not our home decor style. We took it from dark and drab to crisp and clean and I’m so in love with how it all turned out. Best part is it was so easy to do!

Behr Color Palette

This color is Ultra Pure White

Ultra Pure White


I’m very fortunate to have a handy husband. I knew he could take this mantle -- which was too big for our space -- and make it just amazing with a few cuts and a gorgeous coat of paint.

This project was done completely indoors which made it very convenient since it was a heavy fireplace mantle.

The first thing we wanted to do is cut the mantle to fit the notch-out on the fireplace wall and also cut down the hearth to make it fit the size of our fireplace. By using a miter saw we were able to make the notch cuts easily and with minimal mess. To size down the bottom hearth, we took that piece outside to make sure we got a clean and even cut.

Cutting a notch in the top of the new wooden mantle
The notched mantle set in place

We positioned the hearth in place and then carefully placed the mantle in place, pushing it all the way back to the wall. We attached the mantle to the wall using a waterproof, all-surface, bonding glue. Once it was in place, we used a handheld sander and sanded off some of the pre-existing stains.

We headed to our local Home Depot and grabbed our favorite go-to paint which is BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Primer and Paint in Semi-Gloss, Ultra Pure White. We applied the paint using a roller. For the hard to reach details, we used a thin brush. After the first coat, we waited 2 hours before doing the second coat. It always shocks me how well this paint covers the underneath colors! It’s my favorite, hands down!

We wanted to give a crisp, clean look to this mantle and Ultra Pure White in Semi-Gloss was the perfect match.

Visualize It

Mantle decorated with candles and dried flowers

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Save yourself the time and frustration by using Behr's Paint and Primer in One. It’s less coats you have to do and the coverage is so perfect! The semi-gloss finish is the perfect finish for the mantle and I love that I can just wipe it clean if anything gets on it.

The Big Reveal

Finished fireplace mantle
Detail of mantle corner

The mantle looks amazing and fits in perfectly with our home decor now. We were able to cut it down to size and notch it to fit the wall and now I can’t wait to decorate it for all the upcoming holidays! This product was one of my favorites and it’s amazing how a coat of paint can transform any piece of furniture!

Brittany Shaw portrait

Brittany Shaw

Hi my name is Brittany and I’m a wife and mother of 4 little ones ranging in ages 6 to 4 months old. I run the blog A Spark of Creativity and I share a lot of my Home Decor Photos, DIY Home Decor Projects and our DIY Home Renovations on there as well as some other things. A year ago, my husband and I purchased up a fixer upper home and from the day we moved in we’ve been making it our dream home with one project at a time. Now that we’ve finished the big projects such as the kitchen remodel, bamboo flooring, new stair rails it’s time to start focusing on refinishing furniture and more! The blog is full of fun and creative projects!