Live.Laugh.DIY. Fireplace Makeover
After 9 months of living in our home, and struggling to furnish our sitting room due to the yellow brick wall, I decided it was time to just paint it. This wasn’t the easiest decision to make. My fiance really liked the character of the brick color at first. Luckily, as time passed, he agreed that painting it would transform the room, and boy did it!
Vacuum & Taping:
I started off by vacuuming the brick surface to remove the dust. After I felt that it was clean enough to paint, I covered the wood burning stove in plastic and taped the edges of my walls and floor. This part you can see in my first photo.
Preparing the Paint:
When the taping was complete, I combined equal parts paint with water and stirred this mixture thoroughly with my brush. Adding the water to the paint allowed for that whitewash look I was hoping to achieve.
When I was ready to paint, I worked up my courage and thought about how excited I was to be rid of this yellow brick wall. I knew once I painted the brick there was no turning back! I started painting the brick in small sections. Every few minutes, I would pause painting and use a rag to wipe the brick. The timing for wiping was an art, not a science. Sometimes I found that I should have let the paint soak in longer. Sometimes it was perfect. I knew I could always add a second coat, but wouldn’t be able to remove paint from the brick if I let it sit too long.
Four hours later, my brick wall was transformed! It probably only needed to take three hours, but I agonized about how light and dark certain areas were painted. That was my OCD self just being ridiculous!
If you have the desire to paint your fireplace, and need a little encouragement, advice, or help – don’t hesitate to reach out! I’d love to help!
- The paint/water mixture is runny, so be careful or cover the ground so you don’t end up making a mess and regretting the entire project.
- If the paint drips while you’re painting, that’s okay. Just make sure you wipe the drips before they dry so you don’t end up with a streaky whitewashed wall.
- Paint – I recommend measuring the square footage of your wall, and then cutting that size in half (because you’ll add water). Then ask the salesperson at your paint store how much they recommend based on that number.
- Container for paint/water combo – I use old large yogurt containers!
- Paint Brush
- Drop Clothes
- Painters Tape
- Rags for wiping
- Gloves – Without them your hands will be a mess from the rag.