Thursday, January 7

How to paint a brick fireplace

Our brick always looked dirty, even if it wasn't. I sprayed it down with some all-purpose organic household cleaner, let it dry and went to town with a can of Valspar semi gloss in a creamy white (from their reject pile, most likely, because you can't beat a $5 can of neutral paint!) and a paintbrush.
So much better and brighter! Check out more winter home tips here at The Inspired Room!

15 comments:

Chinamama4 said...

I just love it! I'm thinking of painting our 1960's yellow brick fireplace - this is good inspiration!

destrella said...

I like it white, but I do love the look of brick even if it's old and dirty. Busy as always! :O)

Persuaded said...

That looks sooo pretty! and fresh and clean too... I approve most heartily. (now, I'll bet that's a load off your mind, eh? hehehe)

Hannah said...

Do it ChinaMama! Its easy! This brick is very rough/textured so dabbing with the paintbrush was the way to go.
Di, I love brick too but this 70's colored brick was depressing my old house!
Thanks, Persuaded. Your quip made me smile.

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing even the everyday stuff with your 'fans'. =) I love to see/hear how other people live.
Tracy

Myrnie said...

Have you lit a fire in it? My in-laws had a painted brick fireplace and it always had dark marks above the opening- we couldn't decide if it was smoke or the paint discoloring. I don't know what kind of paint they used though. This looks great!!

Hannah said...

Myrnie, we heat almost exclusively with wood in our wood stoves. The one seen in the photo and one in our kitchen at the other end of the house.

The woodstove is always running and reaches temps close to 1000 degrees so I'd guess that it was the smoke from a lit fire that discolored the paint, not the heat. Since woodstoves don't smoke, that isn't a problem, thankfully.

So far (its been a week, I think) the paint has not been affected by the heat.

Myrnie said...

In that case, I think I'll pick up some paint this weekend :) Thanks for the tips!

Dianna said...

Looks so clean and bright, Hannah. Great job!

Cha Cha said...

I have been wanting to paint mine but haven't gotten the nerve yet, Thanks for inspiring me. Maybe I can find the courage. You did a great job, thanks for sharing.
Cha Cha

Lydia said...

WOW! It looks fabulous! :-)

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

What a lovely change!

Bugs and Sunshine said...

we painted our red brick fireplace white too and it makes me soooooooooooooooo happy. i've got a picture on my blog. yours looks beautiful!!! so pretty.

Hannah said...

Thanks, Mom ;)

Cha Cha, do it!

Thanks, Lydia. My kids miss you. :)

Thank you, Cheryl, for stopping by and commenting.

Bugs, I'll be right over to check it out!
Hannah

Alberta said...

Your brick fireplace looks so fresh and inviting! I so want to paint ours but we have a huge amount of brickwork...right up to the ceiling...gee...wouldn't that be even more incentive to cover that ugly late 70's orange brick???? Oh I wish I had your strength to just do it!