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 sometimes, your fireplace just needs to be painted, and you need to know how to do it right, and on a budget.
When we moved in, this is what we were stuck with: this grossly outdated fireplace that sucked like from the room like a cave!
There was nothing attractive or “rustic” about it. The fireplace leaked air, too, so in the cooler months, we have to cover it with plastic. What an eye sore!
Hubby actually LIKED the brick, but he’s a man, and men are crazy about red brick. I don’t understand that. LOL. But I at least wanted to honor is desire to keep it looking like brick.
So one night I was scanning online at 2 a.m. (I seriously need to get more sleep…..), and I found a fireplace painting kit from (from Brick Anew). I couldn’t find any reviews on it, and honestly, didn’t know if it would work. But considering they had a money-back guarantee, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to at least try it.
It did hurt my pockets, though. At $199, it wasn’t cheap. But when you compare the cost of having a contractor come in to knock out the bricks, or cover it up with drywall, $199 wasn’t too outrageous after all. LOL
I took a day off from work (ahem–called in sick, but don’t tell anyone!), and got set to work.
The first thing I did was clean the fireplace. I had ordered their fireplace cleaner from Brick Anew. It comes with an instructional DVD. I ended up recording the whole process myself for anyone who’s reading this that need that extra help in doing it (watch my video: How to Paint an Old Brick Fireplace Using Brick Anew).
I was stoked it actually came out well! I had ordered the kit and it sat for months because I was afraid to screw it up. LOL. But it turned out well, thankfully!
The reason why it turned out so well is because the colors are pre-selected, so it takes the guess-work out of knowing which colors to layer to get the right effect. All it is is a faux finish. 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.
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 but I’ll probably be working on it soon as part of my 30-Day Room Makeover Challenge series (you should totally join if you’ve been wanting motivation to make over a room in your house!)
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!