But like I told my mom when I was trying to convince her to let me paint her fireplace…there is just some brick that doesn’t ever need to see the light of day again….
By the way, you’ll notice that on both of the fireplaces above, I also painted the brass screens. And if you want to build wood mantel that looks like a big chunk of rough hewn wood, you can find those instructions here.
Before sharing today's DIY project, I wanted to announce that my E-Book "DIY Interior Design For Real People" is currently available in a gigantic bundle of 76 DIY related E-books (.95 for the complete bundle) for the next five days only. Immediately after I met with Sarah and discussed the option of painting their fireplace, they got to work researching brick painting techniques.
They decided to go for a white-wash finish as opposed to an opaque paint finish . Then, using a mixture of equal parts of latex paint and water, one of them applied it to the bricks with a paintbrush while the other followed behind with a rag removing the access.
Calamity won’t befall your family because you’ve upset the gods of home and (brick) hearth. And yes, it is true that once brick is painted, it really can’t be undone without hours and hours (possibly days and days) of tedious and frustrating work (and even then, the likelihood of you getting all of the paint off is probably somewhere around 0.0025%, and that’s if you’re having a really great day where everything is going your way).
The easiest way to give your brick fireplace a new look is to paint it.
Depending on your style and the rest of the room, you have several options when it comes to choosing a color.
Place the hearth against the stone and lay the slate the hearth frame with mortar. When mortar dries, apply grout in spaces between stones with a grout float. When grout has dried, it’s recommended to apply a sealer between the slate pieces. To build a new wooden mantel, measure the length of the fireplace and the desired width. Cut a wood piece the length of the fireplace and six inches in width.
Attach it with a nail gun to the underside of the mantel, so that it will be flush with the stone wall.