As promised, we are talking about my fireplace makeover! I know some people may think it’s crazy to paint over such a pretty brick fireplace, and are wondering what in the world I was thinking (my husband being one of these people at first), BUT I LOVE painted brick, and I just knew I wanted it white (you can see my full family room renovation here).
I decided to tackle this project when I took a week off of work last Christmas, and to be honest, I underestimated how big this project was going to be. Now, I was 13 weeks pregnant at this point, so maybe it would have gone a little faster had that not been the case, but the whole project took about 7 hours to complete…ok, here we go! One more thing, I was really bad about taking pictures of this project, so I will do my best to show you the step by step.
Here are some before pictures…
It really is pretty, but again, I wanted a big white fireplace.
The first thing that needed to be done (which I totally thought I could get away with not doing and had to pause everything to go back and actually do it…) is to clean your fireplace. I didn’t realize how much dirt sits on top of the bricks, and when you start painting before you clean, it gets all in your brush and is just gross….so I took the small brush attachment on my vacuum (side note: I literally spell that word incorrectly every time…am I alone in this??) and vacuumed the bricks…yes, this is quite tedious.
Once the cleaning was done, it was time to paint. I used the same white paint that I have used everywhere in my house…Behr Ultra Pure White. I used a small angled brush, similar to this one, to paint the cracks in between the bricks. A good tip when doing this is that you need to get a good amount of paint on your brush…practically have it dripping with paint. This will get it good and covered.
Once I painted all of the cracks, I took a roller and rolled the faces of the bricks…this went so much faster than using the brush…and way easier (although my arms still felt like they were going to fall off by the end of this project).
One thing I forgot to mention is that I had to tape off the opening in the fireplace – you definitely don’t want to have to scrape paint off that afterwards. I also taped off my mantle really well.
I ended up doing two coats using the brush for the cracks and the roller for the faces of the bricks. I probably could have done a third coat (my arms really would have fallen off), but I think it turned out beautifully!
I love how much more the mantle pops than it did before…
Here are some more after pictures…
What do you think?! Pretty, right?! My favorite part was styling the mantle. I have thought about doing a post on my favorite ways to style mantles, shelves, coffee tables etc…is that something that y’all would be interested in?
Until next time!