Okay, so you’re reading this because you have an old, ugly fireplace in your house and you can’t stand it and want to do something about it. I feel your pain!! When we moved into our old, 1973 house, it didn’t cross my mind that I would one day have to DO something about that ugly brick fireplace. I know that some people like exposed brick, and yes, in some instances, I think it can look pretty industrial and chic.
But THIS??–no way.
It just looked so dated.
And it sucked a lot of light from the room. Our family room doesn’t get a lot of light in the spring and summer months. It feels like a cave!
Hubby actually LIKED the brick (WTH???).
Me–I wanted to paint it (and I blogged about it back in May 2012), but I didn’t want to mess it up, or make it look like something I’d regret. After all, removing paint from brick would be TORTUROUS!!
To do my fireplace I used a painting kit (from Brick Anew).
It cost $199. I couldn’t find any reviews on it, so I took my chances.
I was disappointed that it was merely PAINT. Yes….just paint. There’s nothing special about the painting kit except that the the colors are pre-selected, so it takes the guess-work out of knowing what colors to layer to get the right effect. But if you can figure out what colors you need to do the same faux finish, you’d probably spend no more than $50 to achieve the same look as a DIY project.
If you watch my YouTube video below, I am basically using the kit, layering the paint on in a faux finish.
Do I love the results? Yes.
Can you do the same look, but cheaper? Definitely.
Here’s the AFTER:
And of course, just doing a BEFORE and AFTER shot isn’t enough. I actually shot a video of the whole project. Please feel free to check it out and share! (And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel).
How To Get This Look For Less:
Please feel free to email me if you have more specific questions or just need some additional advice!
Q. How do I paint a faux finish to make my brick still look like brick?
This website has great instructions on doing a faux finish to cover up dark ugly brick and to still make it look like brick. It recommends:
1. Get a paint chip color card in tan or light brown and use one of the colors as your base coat. Look at my YouTube video on how to paint an old brick fireplace for an idea of the shade of beige I used.
2. Whichever color you use as your base coat, take the lighter color on the card, and take the darker color below it, and each color will get mixed with glaze. You could probably use this glaze from Home Depot.
3. Go over the base coat with the darker glaze mix.
4. Next, go over with the lighter glaze mix.
Q: How much paint will I need?
A: If your fireplace is huge like mine, you need a lot of paint. Paying $199 for a painting kit that’s not going to cover your whole fireplace is not feasible for everybody. Go to Home Depot and look for this brick and mason paint:
This is the paint that I used as the base coat when I ran out of the base coat in the kit. I just used the base coat that came in the kit as the color match, and it matched pretty well.
Q: What should I use to clean my fireplace?
A: You can use Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) to get it clean, as well. You can get it from Home Depot or Amazon. My family isn’t big fireplace users, so ours wasn’t too dirty. If you’re someone that uses your fireplace a lot, invest in a good fireplace cleaner so you’re not painting over dirty fireplace soot.
Q: What other ways can I paint my old brick fireplace?
A: I really like the fireplace that Carmel did over at My Fifth House. Her whitewashed fireplace was a cheap but very pretty DIY project that looks really good! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make over your fireplace.
Q: Did you use a sealer on your fireplace after painting it?
A: Nope! It seems pretty secure and I haven’t had any chipping.
If you have ANY questions at all about my project, please feel email me and I’ll help you out as best as I can! You can ask me over on Google +.