How can I renew / clean up this fireplace?
dreambee
June 23, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I would like to make it look like new
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motownmom
Are you wanting to keep it in the original brick or paint it?

You will need a good heavy duty cleaner and scrubbing brushes, plus wire brushes to get the darkness out of the grout/ground into the bricks.
June 23, 2013 at 6:32am        Thanked by dreambee
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inabunker
If you are going to save the old brick, there are cleaners that will take off the soot. If you're not, I would suggest painting it (and obviously cleaning it before you do). There are also lots of inexpensive ways to cover it, it just depends upon your budget. Is the brick pretty flat? If it is, you can put cement board or wire mesh with stucco over the bricks and then cover it in tile, glass tile or stone veneers. Also, looks like you need a bigger mantel. That's easy to fix. I would suggest a recycled piece of old lumber that is fairly thick.
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June 23, 2013 at 6:38am        Thanked by dreambee
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dreambee
Thank you so much! Here is a photo of the other fireplace in the house:
June 23, 2013 at 7:50am   
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dreambee
They are very different...
June 23, 2013 at 7:50am   
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Also, you might want to try a heat proof paint inside the firebox. See if you can find a charcoal gray. A nice clean look as well.
June 23, 2013 at 7:55am        Thanked by dreambee
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dreambee
I hadn't even considered painting it on the inside! What a great idea! Thank you!
June 23, 2013 at 7:59am   
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You're welcome. And you know, not very many people thank us for our suggestions. Good luck with your project. You have received some great ideas. This platform is a lot of fun!
June 23, 2013 at 8:07am   
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