Brick fireplace mantel makeover. Weve been slowly helping kerry and robyn redo their living room over the past few months and it has been so much fun sneaking into their house while theyre at work and school so that we can surprise them with. Transform a dark dreary brick fireplace into a bright modern hearth with easy to apply paint. See how this awkward glass fireplace was transformed into an elegant classic with antique brick white molding and a gas insert.
Throughout the ages the fireplace has been considered the heart of the home. Im not 100 sure what im going to do with the brick but it definitely needs lightening up. I nearly fell over when we got the october 2015 issue of the family handymanthe cover photo could have been taken in our living room.
Ask and ye shall receive. A few weeks ago i shared a living room before and aftersince the post i have received requests for a tutorial on the fireplace transformation. Then when i saw the finished project i have to say i really like it.
Again i used a 34 inch roller and it took another hour or so to get the whole fireplace covered. Theres a lovely brick fireplace that is asking for a makeover. I admit when i saw the first paragraph i was prepared not to like it.
Its symbolizes warmth and sustenance and from a design perspective its usually the focal point of the home. 49 thoughts on how to whitewash brick our fireplace makeover donita january 24 2014. Heres what we did.
We worked on a budget friendly fireplace makeover at kevins brothers house a few weeks ago and were so happy with how it helped to update their existing brick fireplace. Thoroughly wash the brick and grout using trisodium phosphate and a scrub brush. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and let dry.
My husband david is the handyman personified so when i tired of green paint and an oak mantel and visualized a stone fireplace he nailed it. We used a 1x 8 piece of plain pine lumber that we distressed and stained dark walnut to create a slipcover on top of our existing mantel. My options for now are paint andor whitewash.
First we bulked up our mantel by attaching wider wood to it.