I have been busy, busy around here fixing up areas of our house that have been untouched since we moved in almost 6 years ago. I’m a huge fan of DIY projects and LOVE finding fun blogs to inspire me (Pinterest has been a huge help to me in this area – click here to learn more about my love of Pinterest!). I have lots to share but I wanted to start with our fireplace. This was one of those pieces that we weren’t quite sure what we were going to do with. When I finally got tired of the red walls and was going for a brighter color, the fireplace also needed a low-cost renovation. So I picked up some Ultra Bright White at Hirschfields, a big brush, and got to work. I followed a tutorial on Young House Love for painting brick because I wasn’t sure if there any additional steps I needed to pay attention to.
1. I first took a light sandpaper to any areas that felt particularly edgy. There were some areas of the brick that were loose, and sandpaper was just what I needed to smooth that area out for a cleaner surface. I don’t need to use painting tape very often, but if you were worried about the color getting on your newly painted walls, use a tape to go around the edges of the fireplace to avoid that. Just be sure your wall paint has had plenty of time to fully dry (I’d give it a day or two) and remove the tape as soon as you are done painting your fireplace.
2. Start painting! You’ll be surprised at how much paint you actually go through because the brick is so porous. Have extra, extra paint on your brush when you start letting the brick soak it in. Just be careful of drips when going in the cracks of your brick!
3. I ended up doing 2 coats on the face of the fireplace and 3 on the top mantle and bottom, only because I knew decorative pieces and my babies’ behinds would be frequenting those areas often!
4. See the hideous brass look to our fireplace?! Eeek! I wanted a cleaner, more contemporary look but didn’t want to buy an entirely new face/door. So spray paint was my next best option! I removed the doors, and was sure to put newspaper up where the doors were to avoid the draft coming down the chimney and significantly dropping the temperature in our house. I removed the handles and ends (I wanted to keep the wood look to match the existing pieces in our living room) and did 2 coats of spray paint (2nd coat after the first had fully dried). I put the spray-painted ends back on the handles and screwed those back into the doors.
5. I finished off our fireplace with a new mirror and some decorative elements to spice it up and pull in the blue tone I’m using as my accent. Such a huge improvement!