Ick. Now what? The mantel is stucco-ish, painted over several times with a dingy, off-white, semi-gloss paint. I've never really liked it that much.
Here it is, in all it's glory, close up:
Double Ick! So, I decided to paint it as my project for today. I went to Home Depot and bought a quart of semi-gloss primer and paint all in one, and a paintbrush. Oh, did I mention the color? Black!
Once I got home, I got out my blue painter's tape and taped off the mantel. It was a little challenging because the corners are all rounded, and beneath the mantel is marble-y looking stone with rough stone edging at the top edge where it meets the mantel. The tape didn't want to stick very well to that.
I texted my husband one last time and asked if he was really ready for this, and he said go for it! I think that reaction was because he was glad that I hadn't been able to draft him into my little project this time!
Here it is, in progress.
I looked over to the patio door and found our dog, Shady, looking at me. She looks nervous, don't you think? LOL
Then, I will try out a new mantel arrangement, I think! Pinterest.... here I come!!
Here it is all dry, with the tape removed!