I'm so excited to share today's post with you! I have been wanting to complete this project in our house for probably about 6 years! That is a long time to wait and think about a project. Today I'm sharing my easy and dramatic fireplace makeover!
For those of you who have followed me for a little while, you have seen me post my mantel all decorated for this or that. I would usually end those posts with, “Wouldn't it look just a little better if I painted the brick? Someday I will get to it.” My someday finally came!
I have to tell you that part of the reason I had put this project off for so long was that I thought it was going to be a royal pain and hard. The other part is that my husband didn't want to help and do the work. Well, I finally just told him we were doing it and to get over his fit. That got that part of it done, but I still thought the actual makeover and painting was going to be really hard.
I started with my plain old brick fireplace. For where we live, this type of fireplace is very common. I currently live on the East Coast, but I was born and raised in the West and I am a West Coaster through and through. While tons of people here love this design….it isn't me. Seeing as how we have now lived in this house the longest we have lived anywhere, it is time to make more changes to make the house reflect design that I love. The living room is on my current hit list! The fireplace was the first in a string of projects I have planned for this room.
I started the project with a trip to Lowe's. We were expecting a snow storm. Most people were going to the grocery store for milk and bread. I was at Lowe's getting supplies for a fireplace makeover! LOL!
The gentleman who helped me at Lowe's was fantastic. His advice was spot on and made this project a breeze.
If you want to paint your fireplace you need a few things to make it easy and successful. Wearing your husbands ugly paint splattered sweat pants that are way too big for you is totally optional and not recommended if you are going to blog about it and let your 12-year-old take pictures of you in said sweat pants!
Start by taping off the area. We used Frog Tape. I had recently read in Consumer Reports that it is the best tape for painting. It did a great job. Because we were using a thick nap roller, we decided to cover a few of the surrounding areas with some plastic.
You will want to start by painting the entire surface with primer. (You can see in the picture above that when I went to make dinner, my husband thought he was done. Can you see what he missed?).
The best advice I have for you is the advice I was given at Lowe's….use a 3/4″ nap roller. When painting a rough surface like brick, you will want a thicker nap to your roller. It will make the job really easy. You can use your regular brushes. You don't need to buy throw away brushes. My husband and I thought we might need to due to the rough texture, but once again we followed the advice of the man I talked with at Lowe's. He was right, using a regular brush for the cutting in worked just fine and didn't ruin the brushes at all.
I totally thought we would need to paint two coats of primer and two coats of paint. We ended up painting one coat of primer. It coated so well and didn't sink in like I thought it would that we went straight to the paint. We probably could have done one coat of paint, but I just wanted to be sure we were done and it was so quick and easy to paint that we went for the second coat.
I selected a Valspar color and got the slightly more expensive paint that is a paint and primer. Even though I covered the brick with primer first, I thought that spending $5 more would pay off in the end with great coverage. I was right.
I used Pale Bloom (7002-8) in a Satin finish, so it would clean up easy but not be all shiny like a gloss. Just like that, we were done. It took us less than 24 hours, including all the dry time, from start to everything back in place.
As you can see, I did this around Valentine's Day. When I put everything back in place, it just seemed like something wasn't quite right.
I realized that I really don't like that same mirror now with the white fireplace. So it is gone. I'm envisioning making something there that is wood and on which I could put seasonal decor to make it pop or stand out. I'm sure I'll show it to you when I make it.
Next on my living room hit list is that awful chair rail! I know some people just LOVE it and think it is such a horrendous idea that I get rid of it (my husband is one of them….but that is just cause he thinks it is going to be a lot of work). I really dislike it and I want it gone. I've already been to Lowe's and gotten my advice and a new tool. It sounds crazy easy….so this weekend your going down chair rail…bye bye! I won't leave you out. I'll share the makeover along with tips and tricks for you, too!
So what do you think? Like or don't like my fireplace makeover? I'd love to hear your painting tips and tricks….do tell. Leave a comment below so my other readers can benefit from your advice.
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