So far I sanded the mantel down to bare bones and primed the dark stain. Brace yourself you are about to see the chaos that goes along with painting.
I sanded the mantel using a palm sander.
This was the first time I ever used oil-base primer and it wasn't fun. The odor is strong and the clean up was a horror. I like the fact it left no brush strokes and it completely covered the dark stain.
Big difference already, and this is just with the primer.
This is what I don't like about painting......
My next step is to paint the fireplace.
I will post my color choice soon!!