Good morning!! It’s officially summer, and I’m officially enjoying every minute of my break with my kiddos. Only a few more weeks and we will be a family of 5! Crazy!! Today, I wanted to share with you a practical DIY project that makes a huge impact on your home. I’ll be showing you how to paint a brick fireplace. It not only transforms your space, but it’s a very budget friendly project. So many of us have old, outdated fireplaces that are crying for a little TLC. My hope is that this post will help some of you take that leap of faith and paint your fireplace. It’s pretty simple if you are ready to put a little elbow grease into it.
When we moved in to our 80’s style home I did not love the fireplace. Actually, I hated it. Here is a little before picture so you can get an idea of why I wasn’t feeling it.
UMMM, NOOOO! This was not me or my style. I was nervous about getting started but the idea of having a white fireplace motivated me. So, after a little research here is what I needed.
- Chalk Paint (I used Annie Sloan Old White)
- High Density Roller
Note – These two items are the only thing I used on my fireplace. I did not wax or prime my brick. If you don’t want to go the chalk. paint route, simply substitute that for some Kilz Primer and the paint color of your choice.
I started by cleaning my brick but only in the spots where I saw it was stained with soot. After it was clean, I literally just started painting. I chose not to prime my brick since I was using chalk paint. It held to the brick beautifully so it saved me an extra step. Thank you chalk paint!!!!!
The first coat went on pretty well. Make sure to press pretty hard in order to get in all of the holes. After the first coat was finished, I immediately started my second coat. I only did two coats because I was going for a little more of an aged look. If you want a solid clean look then you might want to do a third coat. Do not use wax if you are chalk painting it.
This before and after picture will hopefully be your motivation for getting going on this project. I love how much brighter my space is now. I also changed out the mantel with the Benchwright shelf from Pottery Barn that works perfectly as a mantel. It looks like real wood but wasn’t too heavy to hang. You can also use barn wood, cedar, or a railroad tie for your mantel as well. So many beautiful options out there.
There you have it! I’m so glad I got over my fear of painting brick and went for it. I promise you will never look back. It has changed the entire look of my living room and become the focal point I wanted. It added that perfect farmhouse touch that I love so much and it brightened up my space so much! If you’re looking for a clever way to cover your fireplace opening, check out one of my DIYs where I created a wood slice fireplace cover.
I hope you enjoyed my fireplace makeover as much as I did. I promise you will love how it turns out. Let me know it you need a little motivation or if you have any questions. Thanks so much for stopping by!