Updating my fireplace
Paint It Gray A new coat of paint is the ace up every DIYer’s sleeve.
Grimy, boring, or tired brick surfaces can be utterly transformed by a quick paint job—and when it comes to contemporary colors, it’s all about gray.
Give It a Wash Texturally, brick is unmatched at capturing that classic, industrial feel in your living room.
But bright red just isn’t where the interior design world is at right now.
With a fresh coat of paint in an on-trend hue, or a mantel that captures your home’s scaled-down, rustic aesthetic, you can turn your fireplace into a statement piece that really speaks for the room.
Here are some simple fireplace ideas for a revamp that will bring your home’s hearth into this century.
If it “takes” rather than “gives” I want to show you how you can easily and (more importantly) very affordably create a fireplace that will quickly become the heart of your room!!
And the “look and feel” of the fireplace either “gives life” to the room or “takes life” out of the room. does your fireplace “give life” or does it “take life” from the room it’s in?
You can use a number of different things to wrap the mantel…a cheap plastic painters drop cloth, black plastic trash bags, kitchen plastic “cling” wrap.
Just tape the material around the mantel to protect it. You can use either a trowel or a wide putty knife to apply the compound.
The technique is akin to whitewashing bricks, but instead of using diluted latex paint, homeowners coat the brick with a layer of wet mortar.” For the “wet mortar” necessary to achieve the “smear” style we decided to use drywall joint compound.
You can buy pre-mixed All Purpose joint compound at home improvement stores (see bucket setting on hearth in the “before” photo at the top of this page).
To get the look, you’ll need to construct a scratch coat made of building felt and metal lath laid over your fireplace—that will help the stone adhere to the brick.