I just finished this unusual fireplace surround for a client. It was stark white which really didn't coordinate with the warm woodwork and colors in their great room. They picked the color which is Row House Tan by Sherwin Williams. After a good sanding, I painted it in a satin finish (2 coats). Initially, they were concerned about brush strokes and an uneven finish, but with quality paint, good brushes, small rollers and patience, I can create a very even, smooth finish.
This project was big! It also included 2 stand alone bookcases which I am not showing because they are not put back together or decorated. You can see a peak in the "after" pictures. I had to rely on my phone for these pictures so the detail isn't wonderful.
They are thrilled with the new finish! It really looks great with their colors.