When we moved into our house in 2005, we began our adventures in updating. As I have mentioned in the past, our house was built in 1978 and while I can appreciate the 70′s, I don’t want to live like the 70′s! Ha!
Another easy update we did to brighten our small den was to paint the brick fireplace white. This is probably one of the easiest, quickest projects I have done to our house that has had one of the biggest impacts.
The room went from dull and drab to bright and inviting in just a couple of hours!
I wanted to go for a little bit of an antiqued look so I didn’t “completely” cover the bricks with the thickest of coats. You can add another coat if you want it to have no signs of red showing through. I like the the contrast I got. You can even put a really light coat on for an even more antique look.
White High Gloss Latex Paint
Paint Roller for textured surfaces
FYI – Do not paint the inside of the fireplace with latex paint. You would need to use a heat resistant paint. I didn’t even paint the inside box since we have installed gas logs.
First, I wiped down the bricks with a vinegar and water mixture (50/50 ratio) and let it dry completely.
Then, I simply rolled the paint on the entire brick surface. I used the brush to paint the white “grouted” lines and the sides and along the floor.
VOILA!! Easy and cheap update! Do you have a project planned for this weekend?
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