Debbie Dusenberry, aka
Interior Designers & Decorators
curioussofa eclectic-living-room


My living room: This fireplace was formerly white brick. I covered it with drywall compound and then glazed it with Ralph Lauren's Tea Stain Glaze. Yes, that is a tumbleweed on the mantle.

This image shot for Romantic Homes magazine, 2008 by Bill Krzyzanowski.

This photo has one question

February 2, 2012
britt88 wrote:
0 Likes    3 Comments
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffanie Quatraro
I am wanting to do this over my brick mantle. Can you share details regarding colors, technique, etc., for achieving this look. I love it! Thank you.
0 Likes   February 3, 2013 at 7:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Debbie Dusenberry, aka
I did not prep my fireplace at all- I have no patience for that and am pretty fearless when it comes to DIY. It was already brick and painted with layers of old paint. I bought a giant tub of drywall compound and began troweling over the entire thing. Start with the sides so you get your technique down. Use a 4" wide slightly flexible plastic trowel with a handle. Apply compound thick and smooth out as you go along trying not to leave the lines a trowel can make. My fireplace was already shaped as you see here with the indentations. I wanted the edges a little rough as shown. Once completely dry (at least 24 hours, use a fan if you want), I sanded just slightly to smooth out some areas. Then I dry brushed it using Ralph Lauren glaze in a tea stain color but any aging glaze or paint will do. Stand by with a spray bottle of water, a giant rounded sponge and old towels. Again start with the sides (and good light) so you can get used to it. I did not paint this at all. The color is simply the plaster and glaze. Add more/less here and there for a natural look. Because drywall is so chalky, as you go it will dissolve a little a soften, this atually helps blend it more. Once dry, it can still be sanded lighten, to remove a little or start over. That's it. No sealer either.
0 Likes   June 4, 2013 at 5:15AM
Sign Up to comment

What Houzzers are commenting on:

whitegardenlove added this to Debbie Dusenberry aka curious sofa
September 25, 2014
Neutral colors
jerieichhammer added this to Tv
May 15, 2014
Monica Coleman added this to Living Rooms
February 4, 2014
brick fireplace covered w/drywall compound, glazed w/Ralph Lauren's tea stain glaze.
amyanyman added this to Living/dining room
November 28, 2013
so distressed
brucenlyn added this to Living Room Ideas
October 23, 2013
How to make brick fireplace look like old stone/concrete
ghvst added this to ghvst's Ideas
October 7, 2013
plant on the mantle
shippcin added this to shippcin's Favorites
September 13, 2013
lulahoopla added this to textures
September 9, 2013
Jeanette Reine added this to jeanette_reine's ideas
September 5, 2013
fireplace lighting
djortiz added this to djortiz's Ideas
July 9, 2013
Colors, grays and taupes
majopo added this to Cabinet design ideas
March 19, 2013
fire place treatment
Edyta Rudomina added this to edyta_rudomina's Ideas
March 4, 2013
Love it!!!
dlanius added this to SHABBY CHIC
November 14, 2012
plastered over brick fireplace
Dana Veach added this to Walls and Floors...
November 4, 2012
I love the finish on this fireplace surround
jojodfg added this to design
September 30, 2012
fireplace style
pavonesgringa added this to pavonesgringa's ideas
September 1, 2012
Susan Mills Design added this to Cottages and cabins.
August 22, 2012
Tea glazed drywall on brick
rick10 added this to rick10's Favorites
June 21, 2012
Like the fireplace
roxyindy added this to LIVING ROOM
June 21, 2012
Linda Jones added this to ljoneswcpa's Favorites
April 7, 2012
Lamps and spray
homeendeavors added this to homeendeavors's ideas
September 7, 2011
pale color and softness combined with rustic touches
© 2014 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™