You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted the fireplace I painted with Brick-Anew? It was such a transformation and my friends Matt and Meredith have been so happy with the new look of their fireplace! The Brick-Anew fireplace paint gave it a whole new surface and provided such a nice coverage and beautiful color.
Although the fireplace had a new look, it wasn’t a whole new look…not yet, anyway.
Brick-Anew also sent us their high-heat firebox paint which was perfect because the inside of the fireplace really needed a new surface as well.
See? Not only is this fireplace pretty old, it hasn’t been used in a long time. My Uncle was the previous owner of this house and I don’t ever remember him burning a fire in this fireplace and I know Matt and Meredith haven’t either. But most fireboxes look like this anyway if it is a wood burning fireplace.
I prepared the surface by scrubbing it with hot soapy water, as best as I could. I had to be careful in some places though because some of the mortar was loose.
Doesn’t it look so much better?
As particular as I am about painting clean lines, it was a little more challenging to do that with mortar. This high-heat firebox paint gave the inside a whole new look and had excellent coverage. I will say that it has a very strong odor so if you ever decide to use it, make sure the room is well ventilated. It was not difficult to apply and was finished with one coat. I only went back over a few spots to do touch-ups.
Since we still had plenty of paint left over from the Brick-Anew kit, I used the base color to paint the bottom. We wanted a different paint color for the bottom of the firebox because we made plans to paint the ceramic tile in front of it a dark color, and wanted to have contrast.
I will add that we were able to go with the base color at the bottom because it’s not being used. If yours is a wood burning fireplace or gas, then you will want to paint the bottom with the black high-heat firebox paint.
So that’s where the next part of this project came in. I have never painted ceramic tile before but thought I would give it a shot since Meredith wanted to freshen up the tile. It made sense…everything else was getting a new surface, why not the tile?
Off to Home Depot we went to pick out a paint color for the mantel and ceramic. Meredith made a Starbucks run just before we arrived, and brought me a mocha latte. What an awesome friend, right? There we were in the paint section of Home Depot picking out paint colors and sipping coffee. It really was the perfect Mom’s night out.
I’m not so sure I would have painted ceramic that had a lot of everyday use or traffic, but the hearth isn’t walked on a lot and they don’t use it as a wood burning fireplace….so I went with it.
I started with Kilz primer, covering the grout really well before taking the brush across the tiles as I painted by sections.
And I took the primer right up to the mantel…
Meredith decided to go with a gorgeous mocha color, and I love it! Maybe we were inspired by the coffee we were sipping on in the paint aisle? It looks like the color of coffee…or chocolate. How can you go wrong with that?
The color is Sweet Molasses by Behr. Such a rich color and really could pass for the look of a dark wood.
The marquee paint covered the tiles nicely too.
I think Meredith made a great choice with the paint color and the tiles look much better than they did with the original reddish color.
There was only one thing we didn’t make changes to…this antique heater that sits inside the firebox. Isn’t it neat? I have no idea if it would work now or not but it does have a place for gas hook-up.
Thank you, Brick-Anew for giving the brick portion of the fireplace a whole new look. And to Behr for the lovely mocha colored paint for the mantel and tiles. I will give an update to see how this paint holds up on the tiles in the future.