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 As you can see, it was GOLD and really outdated the entire fireplace.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!!!