Should I paint the bricks?
September 10, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I'm thinking of painting the brick a dark grey as we are putting a feature wall behind it? What do you think? Will it devalue the house getting rid of them? It's just so outdated!
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September 10, 2013 at 9:07pm   
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I think a dark gray wash would be better than dark paint. I usually am not in favor of painting brick, but I am making an exception here.
September 10, 2013 at 9:09pm   
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No I would not paint it.
September 10, 2013 at 9:53pm   
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I would not paint the brick. I would buy a mantel that covers the top and sides and paint it white to match the trim. Also remove the tiles from the base and expose the brick underneath. It will look awesome.
September 10, 2013 at 10:03pm     
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Danica Michelle
I don't think it would devalue the house. I like to paint everything so maybe I am not the right person to respond--but I do think a dark grey would look super modern and fresh! If you want to be safe with it you can water down the paint so the brick can still show through or use a concrete stain in the color you want. If you do paint it and someone complains when you are selling the house there are products to make it look like brick again.
September 10, 2013 at 10:07pm   
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If you want to paint it I say go ahead! I think a simple tile would look sleek and it's not too expensive to cover.

September 10, 2013 at 10:07pm   
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Natural things should be left as they are and taken advantage of I think.
September 10, 2013 at 10:08pm   
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I like painted brick, but the brick you have is unique and interesting (vs the standard regular brick), I would leave it, but I would do something knew to the mantel. Maybe a dark wood top.
September 10, 2013 at 10:14pm     
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I think the stone looks pretty tired, it is probably not a natural product, but man made. I always like Darzy's opinions: paint or cover this one.
September 10, 2013 at 10:15pm     
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Thank you mveasey! We do think alike!
September 10, 2013 at 10:19pm   
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Janie Pollard
Painted brick fireplaces can be beautiful..choosing the right color can be a difficult have a very warm tile so choosing the right color to offset that color can be is a link to Houzz painted brick fireplaces that should give you tons of ideas that would work for you
Looks as though you will have to copy and paste the link :-/
September 10, 2013 at 10:55pm     
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I'd get someone to plaster coat it and then paint it. Painted bricks can look just like painted bricks! It wouldn't cost much to plaster it and would modernise it. Then you have a blank canvas
September 10, 2013 at 11:01pm     
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Matt Patterson Custom Homes
I skin tired old brick fireplaces with slate, marble, travertine or granite. Cheap and effective!
September 11, 2013 at 2:20am     
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Fire places.
September 11, 2013 at 2:26am   
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Sheila Robinson
The brick is fine however I suggest you define the hearth and mantle Use a black matt. finish slate 30mm and go bold with a reclaimed rough timber mantle maybe 150mm..correct proportion and natural finishes will work every time.
September 11, 2013 at 2:55am   
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Cynthia Celenza
The brick is great but the mantle looks a little lost to me.
September 11, 2013 at 4:17am   
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I think the brick is fine . Need larger mantle . I would either go with a wood stained mantel or painted to match trim but definitely larger. I do agree that maybe you should uncover the brick on the hearth.
September 11, 2013 at 4:32am   
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Maison Pompeii Antiques and Interiors
Of all the ideas you received I think that making a new surround out of wood( traditional or more modern) and removing the tile would be in your best interest. You can paint the wood any color you like. This will be the most timeless solution that can be easily updated as styles change without much expense.
September 11, 2013 at 4:45am     
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Rick Alexander
The fireplace has been painted a darker gray using a darker version of the wall color. The mantle has been both thickened and extended beyond the front and sides of the brick. The mirror was lowered to read as a part of the mantle as opposed to floating above it. If nothing else, the altered photo should help somewhat in visualizing your options.
September 11, 2013 at 7:37am     
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I have never seen painted brick that looks appealing to me, so my vote goes with covering it with stone or the like.

September 11, 2013 at 9:17am   
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Deanna Herrera
It needs a more prominent mantle. I would not paint it. I would add a gloss sealer to make it look "wet." the foot piece looks a bit off. Perhaps re tile that.
September 11, 2013 at 9:23am   
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Sustainable Dwellings
It is awful. You need a new surround. look around this site. Stay with the style of your home though.
September 11, 2013 at 9:41am   
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I have never seen painted brick that didnt peel off and require reprinting. Over time it start to look tacky. I would use a concrete or brick stain and an enhancer over that to create a faux look that won't just cover it up.
September 13, 2013 at 6:20am   
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Marilyn Wilkie
No offense but this is one unattractive brick fireplace. It just does not look professionally done. Also, as is, the mantle is too wimpy. It would call for a large massive slab in order to be in keeping with it's rustic look. I am going with those who suggested a new wooden surround, probably higher than what you have here. If you have the budget another choice for me would be a cultured stone which you could do yourself. Great ideas abound if you use the search function on here.
September 13, 2013 at 6:30am   
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I like the brick. I would clean it first and add a bulkier mantle before painting. plus I don't think your wall color helps the fireplace. paint the wall a color that enhances the fireplace. if after that you don't like the results then paint it. there is no going back if you paint the brick first.
September 13, 2013 at 6:36am   
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JudyG Designs
No…..great bricks and a great color. As suggested, it needs more surround.

There are some ugly brick fireplaces out there and yours definitely is not one of them.
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September 13, 2013 at 6:41am     
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iplays photos reminded me. I would also look at adding more mortar to the bricks. right now its pretty deep and would probably soften the look a bit by doing that.
September 13, 2013 at 7:15am   
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Rick Alexander
A solution if you align yourself with those who think a complete remake is the only way to go . .

In my own 90+ year old home , I began with an unremarkable mantle with a brick surround. If you look closely in the first photo you can still see a vestige of the brick that survived. I built the columns and the mantle using MDF so cost was not an overwhelming factor. The crown was added during the process of adding crown to the entire room. The "marble" mantle is faux finished MDF.

The whole process was additive, no demolition involved other than removing the old wooden mantle/surround in about 5 minutes.

I ended up with viable DIY solution involving less money and more physical labor. In the realm of more money, less work, I very much like the solutions provided by iplay10s.
September 13, 2013 at 7:36am     
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