(Closed) Should we tile/stone over our brick fireplace? (PIC)

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: Should we tile/stone over our double-sided brick fireplace
    yes tile/stone over it : (18 votes)
    50 %
    no leave the brick as is : (18 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 16
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    BrideK2Wings:  it’s a double sided fire place so the pictures are of two different rooms.

    ETA: I see what you guys mean. It’s hard to tell if that first room has stripes or if it’s just the picture…

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee

    What about a more solid white?

     

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I’d cover it, I don’t like the mixed directions of the bricks.

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I vote paint it.

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee

    I painted mine! Primed it first then painted with a semi-gloss latex paint. I also stripped the surround to remove the polyurethane gloss finish.

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    Post # 22
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I personally would opt for the stone overlay.

    Also, I know a lot of PPs are suggesting painting or white-washing it. Just make sure that if you go that route, that’s what you really want!! Fiance and I moved into our house a month ago where the fireplace was painted solid white. We don’t like the look of painted brick and set out on a project to expose the gray brick underneath. Apparently, underneath the white paint was also a layer of black paint (I have no clue why they painted the fireplace black at one point!!). Anyway, stripping paint from brick is NOT a fun project!! So just be aware of that if you decide to paint.

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Don’t tile. Just paint the bricks. 🙂 A white or light gray would be nice.

     

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee

    Painting it would help to make the multi directions of the bricks less noticable. I would think that recovering it would be expensive.

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I painted our (old, dated, ew) brick fireplace stark white and I LOVE it. 

    Whitewashing fits better in more rustic feeling spaces (IMO) but the bright “ultra” white contrasts beautifully while still tying in baseboards and crown molding with a clean, crisp feel.

    ETA: The project is inexpensive, but brick does absorb paint pretty heavily. I’d start with a thick ceiling paint (or maybe even concrete restoration paint) before going over it with the chosen fireplace color.

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    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee

    Just get a good quality primer to start with and then a good quality latex paint in a semi gloss. You don’t need any specialty paints.

    It took 2 coats of primer to cover my fireplace. I put 2 coats of the semi gloss paint to make sure it was nice and even. I made sure each coat dried before putting on the next one. It was that easy and inexpensive. I did my cabinets first so I just used the paint that was left over from that.

    Here are my cabinets.

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    Post # 29
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    Helper bee

    I think stone would look really beautiful. I’m personally not a fan of tile on fireplaces. 

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