Ever since the first day we moved in, I have been dying to paint this brick! I never quite understood why there was such modern tile and a white mantle with that old original brick. It just wasn't the right mix of old and new. A little paint goes a long way folks! I'll be honest... I'm usually really lazy when it comes to DIY and kind of fly by the seat of my pants and skip necessary steps. This time, I decided to follow the book. I used this tutorial as a guide.
Step one was to gather my supplies. I already had a stiff bristle brush and cleaner and all the painting supplies, but I needed to go and buy some paint. I headed up to Lowes and asked for masonry primer... of course they had no idea what I was talking about, but after speaking with a few of the employees they found something that would suffice. I then decided to get my paint at Sherwin Williams. I wanted a good quality and durable paint since if often gets trampled on by my son and dog. We also use this fireplace almost daily during the winter, so I wanted to make sure that it would hold up to the abuse.
I made sure to clean the brick as best I could and gave it ample time to dry. Then I taped off the toe kick border and went to town priming. I primed the entire brick area using a brush. There are so many cracks and nooks that I really had to put some work into it (makes for a sore wrist). I let that dry over night. The next day I used my roller brush to paint on two coats of paint; In between coats I went through again with the brush filling in cracks and holes. I fan dried this for about 3 hours and that's all it took.
I'm pretty happy with the outcome. It is definitely an improvement in my eyes (In the near future I'm going to get around to painting the inside black, but that requires a HUGE cleaning job). And what good is a facelift without changing out the mantle? Lately I've really wanted to have a clean and more streamline look. I added a sleek and simple round mirror (that I recommend to EVERYONE- Hobby Lobby- would you believe it?), more modern candlesticks, and a simple white vase. My neighbor has our shared fence lined with huge pink Crepe Myrtles that droop on over to our side, perfect for me to snip a few for the house!