Happy Friday! And since its Friday its time for Part 3 of our Fireplace Makeover mini-series! I have been looking forward to this post since APRIL! I (finally) painted my fireplace! You may all be questioning my sanity right now. What? You painted your fireplace!?!? Yes. Yes I did. Yes, I did say I HATED painted fireplace. Yes I know its a sin to paint over the lavishly expensive sandblasted painted original brick. And Yes, I STILL painted my fireplace. But here is the trick – I painted my fireplace to look like faux bricks. Hardly anyone who has seen my fireplace after the makeover have questioned that the bricks were even painted! That is how amazing this method is! Plus, I didn’t have to spend $200 on a pre-made kit made by professionals with already step by step instructions. In fact, this project cost me less than $50 to paint my WHOLE fireplace – and my fireplace is HUGE. My best friend just bought her house, and I’m actually helping her re-create the same look as my fireplace this weekend! Are you ready to jump in?
How To: Paint Faux Bricks
Just A Little Reminder
I wanted to just REMIND you how horrible my fireplace looked when I started this mini series. Seeing the old picture makes me cringe!
1.) A Mini Paint Roller
2.) A Rough Mini Paint Roller Cover – Like this one.
3.) A toothbrush OR A Stiff Bristle Paint Brush – You can get one here.
4.) 3 Colors of paint in the SAME color family – One Light – One Medium – One Dark (If its on the same paint swatch its in the same color family.) I bought 3 greys that were on one swatch at home depot. I recommend buying samples and trying out the technique on a piece of paper or in a hidden area of the fireplace before you buy a large amount. I bought 1 gallon of the Medium and one Quart of both the Light and Dark Color.
5.) Two different Sized Art Sponges (or one cut in half). You can purchase one here or at your local art store.
Step 1: I Have Never Hated Painting Anything More In My Life
The first thing you need to decide is whether you are going to paint the mortar between the bricks or not. I had originally decided not to paint the mortar, However, my first roll of paint, paint got into the mortar and there was no way of cleaning it. So, painting the mortar it is! If you are dead set on not painting the mortar, my advice, skip the roller and ONLY use a VERY small stiff Bristle Paint Brush, or a toothbrush. Yes it will be time consuming. Yes you will hate your life. However – you won’t get any paint in the mortar!
So if you are painting the mortar, get out that roller and roll, roll, roll! I only had to do one coat because I made sure it was coated entirely the first time. Once you have rolled all the bricks, get out that paint brush (I felt that toothbrush did a better job) and paint the mortar. Let the paint dry.
Step 2: Lets Get Creative
The next step probably is the most fun, because you get to be imperfectly perfect! Take the bigger of your two sponges, and start sponging on the dark colored paint! I dipped the sponge into the paint and then dabbed it on a paper plate so the paint would go on speckled. Get creative and sponge different parts of each brick to give it that imperfectly perfect touch!
After you’ve covered the bricks with the darker color it should look somewhat like this:
Step 3: Thank God we are almost finished!
The next step is to tear open that lighter color & smaller sponge – and you guessed it – start sponging! After much trial and error I decided/linked when i sponged the entire brick with the lighter paint as it gave it a more uniform look. Your preferences may be different than mine, but I encourage you to experiment to determine what you like the best! When you’re all done you should have something that looks like:
Doesn’t that look GORGEOUS?!?!?!? I’m so in love with the new color of my fireplace! Its unbelievably amazing!
Are you itching to see the final picture? Stay tuned for next Friday where I will show you the before and after of this glorious Fireplace Makeover!
Did you miss Part 1 & Part 2 of the Fireplace Makeover?
I graduated from a local college with my BBA in management and currently work for a major insurance company.In my spare time I LOVE sewing and spending time with my family!
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