Post # 1
So I took everyone’s advice in this post about painting the inside of my fireplace.
I went ahead and painted it and I think it makes a huge difference. It really makes the rest of the colors pop. Thanks for everyone’s input!
(pleae ignore the green painter’s tape. it was right after I painted).
The mantel accessories are sort of ever changing but the sunburst mirror is here to stay.
Post # 3
Wow! What a difference! It looks gorgeous!
Post # 4
@Meowkers: absolutely beautiful. you did an amazing job!!!
Post # 5
That looks so much better. Good job!
Post # 6
Love it!! Can you explain the process if possible (any different than painting a wall?)
Post # 8
@MrsSl82be: sure. It was a little more involved than painting a wall.
first I had to clean out the fireplace so it was free of any ash or debris. I swept, vaccumed and then slightly washed it with a damp sponge.
I used a high heat paint made by Rust-Oleum because we actually do intend to use the fireplace. If you don’t intend to use it, you can use regular black paint.
The special paint was very thin so I covered everything outside the fireplace with plastic to prevent messy drips.
I went over the entire area with a roller for rough surfaces. That covered the bricks but didn’t get into the mortar between the bricks very well. So then I went over the porous mortar with a brush. This still left some deep little pores unpained. So I bough the paint in spray paint form and very very carefully spray painted only the parts with the deep unpainted pores, making sure not to get to close to the opening of the fireplace, (I didn’t want it to get on the outside of the fireplace). The whole process would have been easier if our brick was in better condition/newer. But since it was old and porous, I definitely had to work at it to get the paint in every nook and crany.
Post # 9
@Meowkers: thanks for letting me know!! I can’t wait to see how it looks with a fire going in it. I agree, it just really makes such a huge difference!
Post # 10
It looks gorgeous! So much better 🙂 and I love the mirror!
Post # 11
Yay it came out fabulous!
Post # 12
It looks lovely, good choice on painting it 🙂
Post # 13
That looks fantastic!!! It really makes a difference having it painted black.
Post # 14
@Meowkers: Oooh, gorgeous! What an awesome transformation!! And I love the staging too 🙂
Post # 15
@Jenlon: Mirror is from Target. 🙂