Thursday, April 3, 2014

{Home} Painting a Brick Fireplace

Welcome to our FIRST DIY HOME POST!!!
Are you excited to find out how we are transforming our new home???

Well, our first project (besides unpacking, which was a huge task in itself!!) was tackling the fugly brick fireplace in our bonus room.  We were super lucky to find a house with not one, but TWO fireplaces! Unfortunately, one of them needed a lot of work.

I'm pretty sure I don't need to convince you it needed a makeover after seeing this before shot:

Do you have a fugly fireplace in your home? Or any exposed brick you wanted to paint? 
If so, here is the D-I-Y:
(or if you don't feel like reading, just scroll to the bottom to see our end result! I don't mind!)

1. CLEAN UP THE BRICK: Clean up cobwebs, and give the brick a good brushing with a wire brush, or 120-grit sandpaper, to get rid of any loose mortar or dirt. If you have any holes, you will need to caulk or puddy them, and wait the appropriate amount of time to dry, usually 24 hours. (Also, make sure you vacuum all the dirt up and tape walls/floors off if needed!) *A lot of sites suggested to wash the brick with vinegar and water, but we didn't do that and everything was fine!

2. PRIME THE BRICK: We used two coats of primer to cover the entire fireplace. (About 1 gallon of paint for our wall!) This was a very tedious job as the bricks soak up sooooo much paint! Here is CV hard at work! :)

3. UPDATE THE FIREPLACE SCREEN/DOORS: Before we put our final coat of paint on, we wanted to update the fireplace screen. (You can do this first or last, we just chose to do this in the middle because apparently we like to do things the hard way.) As you can see, it was GOLD and really outdated the entire fireplace. We couldn't remove it, so...we taped it off and spray painted with black Rust-oleum high heat spray paint. (Make sure you get the HIGH HEAT version if you're doing this, you can find it right next to the regular spray paints!!) 
This is a gas fireplace, so we had a large pipe sticking out of our brick.  I wrapped it with a garbage bag and decided to paint it black too, so it would match!
Doesn't it look a million times better???

4. FINALLY....PAINT THE BRICK FIREPLACE: Now, you're ready to paint!! We chose the color "Extra White" in satin from Sherwin Williams, grabbed a roller brush and an angled paint brush...and started painting away. (And we painted the mantle to match too!)

And now, the end result:
(We also installed a fancy light fixture....although I think we are going 
to move this light fixture to the dining room instead!)

We also added some color on the walls: "Perfect Greige" by Sherwin Williams.
Here is a quick before/after snapshot:

We still plan to paint the trim, update the flooring, install a different light fixture, hang the TV, install crown molding, and buy new furniture for the room. BUT...so far...the fireplace looks fabulous, don't you think???

More DIY to come!!!

18 comments:

Kayla MKOY said...

Oh my goodness it looks fantastic!!! I feel like you could have some pretty gold wall art up there, ahh so much potential now! I love it :)

Pamela said...

Looks good!! I love a painted fireplace!

Emily said...

Wow, love it! It's amazing how much that changes the feel of the space. Can't wait to see even more home DIYs! :)

Meredith said...

y'all did a great job! we have two fireplaces as well, one in our living room and its identical twin in the basement. I think whitewashing it would be a great idea because its monotone in color, I actually liked the different colors of brick in yours. but that fireplace insert, the brass had to go!

Jordon said...

Um this looks absolutely fabulous girl!!!

Ashley R said...

I love that 'after' - it looks fantastic!

Ashley R said...

I love that 'after' - it looks fantastic!

Jill @ Bluegrass Belle said...

Nice work! It looks great and makes a big difference! When you commented on the "pipe sticking out" I was like, what where?! I didn't even notice it before. It blends in well!

Brianne Bracco said...

This turned out so great!!! Cannot wait to see how you style the rest of the room :)

Becky said...

Wow that looks so much better!!! I love home DIY projects - can't wait to see more!! :)

Kelli Gilbert said...

wow! seriously amazing! props for tackling such a big project! so glad i found your blog--it's too cute!

Anne said...

What a lot of work, but so worth it! The update looks great.

Sarah said...

This looks so great! I love the gray too!

Ericka said...

Love the way the fireplace turned out!! I never would have thought to spray paint the screen/doors, but that made a huge difference!

andreaslens.com said...

Great work! I always have a hard time envisioning how to make something better so I love seeing other people's before and after photos!

JMc said...

Looks awesome! And it makes the room look even bigger just from these close pics.

Becca Moss said...

Yayyy! It looks fantastic Jax!!! Can't wait for more DIY posts!

Lauren said...

wow! very impressed!