I hope I'm not offending anyone who has a similar fireplace but it's just not for me. I'd love a more Victorian style fire with tiles and a black hearth and a simple white or black surround. But no, we have the Cream Wonder. Why would anyone choose cream? And the insert...don't get me started on the insert. It might have worked had the rest of the fireplace had an Art Deco thing going on. But it doesn't. It has a B&Q thing going on.
So anyway, reason for rant. I've been looking at ways to make this fireplace more palatable on the cheap. First and foremost I did a bit of covering up with a certain Mr Dylan.
Goodbye mock Art Deco insert. Obviously we can move the frame when it's cold enough to have the fire on but until then it's staying firmly in place. So now I just have to kill the Cream Wonder.
I've Googled the hell out of this and have come up with this. It's a primer and paint by a company called Stonelux designed specifically to paint stone/marble fire surrounds. You are supposed to a) be able to paint over marble and b) end up with a stone effect. It's £41.24 for a litre of primer and a litre of the stone coating paint. Not only that but it's been used on ITV's 60 Minute Makeover. SOLD.
Seriously though, I'm really considering it. The only issue I have is that it's not available in a huge variety of colours:
I can't decide whether to go darker or lighter. I've ordered a free sample of the Grey Limestone but I have a feeling that the White Limestone might also be a contender. It's a tricky one as the wall the fireplace is on is grey...but it's a hell of a lot easier to repaint a wall so I guess I shouldn't let that make the decision for me.
Has anyone else used a paint like this before or had success painting a marble/stone fire surround?