Okay, so you’re reading this because you have an old, ugly fireplace in your house and you need some help figuring out how to paint a brick fireplace.
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 felt like a cave!
Hubby actually LIKED the brick, but he’s a man, and men are crazy about red brick. I don’t get it…. LOL
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 was about $199. I couldn’t find any reviews on it at that time, so I took my chances.
I was stoked with the results! I have to admit that I was shocked because the kit was just paint. It’s a painting kit where the colors are pre-selected, so it takes the guess-work out of knowing which colors to layer to get the right effect. You can figure out what colors you need to do the same faux finish, and you’d probably spend no more than $50 to achieve the same look as a DIY project. But not everyone is so creatively adventure, so the choice is yours. :).
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? Absolutely!
My family room now doesn’t feel like a dark cave anymore. YAY!!
Here’s the AFTER:
And of course, just doing a BEFORE and AFTER shot isn’t enough. I actually shot a video on how to paint a brick fireplace. Please feel free to check it out and share! (And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel).
How to Paint a Brick Fireplace – Video Tutorial
Q. Can I buy Brick Anew at Home Depot?
Nope…..Sorry, unfortunately they only sell from their own website, as far as I know. (I bought the Twilight Taupe, but there are a couple other color choices). The shipping is free, I believe, which is good.
Q. How much does it cost?
It’s a whopping $199.50, to be exact. I know…. I think it’s a bit overpriced for paint. But the beauty of it is that you don’t have to do any guesswork in trying to come up with your own color combinations to try to fake the same look. You can try if you’d like. I know that a few people have emailed me and said they did their own faux finish, and it turned out! You can also just buy the kit. Brick Anew offers a money-back guarantee, which is awesome, because if you try it and find that you don’t like it, there’s no regret
Q. How do I paint my own faux finish on my brick fireplace?
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 (see paint code above) and use it 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 Brick Anew paint will I need?
If your fireplace is huge like mine, you will probably need to order more than the kit offers. The website says it covers about an 8′ x 10′ fireplace. If you see my video and pics above, one kit covered just the top half. Order according to your fireplace size. Use mine as a gauge.
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: Did you use a sealer on your fireplace after painting it?
A: Nope! It seems pretty secure and I haven’t had any chipping.
So here’s another look at the room. I haven’t taken many full room “after” shots because my family room is still not done! I’ve been focusing on my painted furniture projects and trying to turn my garage into a workshop.
So what do you think??
I really like it. The rest of my family room is in dire need of help, though. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss the makeover this room will be getting soon!
So do you have an old brick fireplace that is driving you crazy? Leave a comment below and share your horror story!