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Since the fireplace is most often the focal point of the room, completing a makeover or adding decorative accents can change the look of the entire room. I recently had an opportunity to makeover another fireplace, this time painting over brick instead of building a wood surround like before.
The paint company, Brick-Anew, contacted me to ask if I could find a friend or family member who would be willing to let me paint over their existing brick fireplace using one of their paint kits. I learned more about their paint after they contacted me and it sounded like a great product. I viewed some of the before and after pictures on their website and liked the updated look of the old brick fireplaces they featured. The purpose of Brick-Anew is to make the fireplace look like it was “re-bricked” instead of painted, giving it a more natural look. It is also a high-heat paint that can withstand the high temperatures of a wood burning or gas log fireplace. My dear friends Meredith and Matt volunteered their brick fireplace for the makeover. Matt and Meredith just purchased this home and now that they are the proud owners of this lovely house, they were excited to start the fireplace project. Congrats, Meredith and Matt!
Here is how the fireplace looked before I started this project. Our plan is to complete a makeover of the entire fireplace, painting the inside and the mantel surround. That will be featured in a “part two” post, so stay tuned!
The Brick-Anew kit includes all the paints (depending on your color choice) and the materials you will need to apply the paint. The only other thing I had to gather from my house that wasn’t included was a drop cloth…easy enough, huh? It even comes with an instructional video which I found to be very helpful since I am more of a visual learner.
Meredith and Matt chose the Twilight taupe, which was a great choice!
I began by taping the edges then applying the base coat. I was very pleased with the application and coverage of the base coat. I painted a small area of bricks around my fireplace in my first makeover using paint and primer. I had to apply a couple coats of primer and paint because brick is porous and it just soaked it up. That did not happen with the Brick-Anew base coat. I did one coat of the base coat and it really provided a nice coverage. I will say that this step takes the longest since you can’t just make quick swipes on brick with the paint brush….well, not with this step anyway. It’s not hard to do, just more time consuming as you cover every part of the brick. Once you are done with the base coat, it’s very easy from there!
See how well one coat covered the brick?
Now the fun begins…rolling on color #1. In this step, you just roll across the brick lightly making patches of paint across each brick. For the remainder of the applications, you will only apply the paint colors to the brick, not the mortar. I made some patches heavier than others just letting the paint thin out each time I would roll it onto a few bricks…before rolling it back into the paint tray. You can see color #1 below, showing up very lightly.
The next step was adding the glaze. The instructions say to apply the glaze with the sponge with very little paint, lightly dabbing it a few times on each brick. The glaze is the darkest color so you’ll want to be careful you don’t apply it too heavy. I applied it a little heavier onto some of the bricks just to give it variation.
The next step, lightly rolling on color #2…
I really liked this lighter color against the glaze. This step was exciting because I was starting to see it all come together. Honestly, I thought it looked good even at this step.
I used the sponge again to add color #3. it was a very light cream color/off white so I didn’t want to apply it too heavy so it didn’t stand out too much over the background colors. The purpose is to blend it all to make it look more natural.
Here it is after the final step! Meredith and Matt are very happy with the results, and so am I!
Looking closer at the bricks after the project was finished, you can see how the bricks were painted with the additional colors after the base coat is applied. If you happen to get any of the colors on the mortar, the small brush included in the kit makes it easy to go back over the mortar with the base coat to do touch-ups.
I was very pleased with this entire process and Brick-Anew really makes it easy. I found the instructions easy to follow and it allowed me to be creative as well. With each new color application, I stood back to look at where I could add more colors and even go back over a few spots at the end with the base coat for the color applications that were too heavy.
After my experience using Brick-Anew, I can tell you I think it is worth the money spent to buy the kit. I am all about spending less so you might wonder why I would highly recommend a product kit that costs $200? I can tell you, by the time you purchase paint, primer, and all the other materials you will need, you will spend a good amount of money anyway and will have more time to put into the project with any other paint. Even after quite a few coats of paint and primer on the bricks around my fireplace, it is starting to yellow a little. Brick-Anew is designed for solid coverage and to withstand high heat, so I don’t think it will have the same results as my painted fireplace bricks. This entire project took me a day to complete and I was impressed with the coverage. I think it’s worth it for the quality of the product and having a natural look to the brick instead of one uniform color. I also found that a little of this product went a long way. I only used a little over half a bottle of the base coat paint and the kit comes with two. Meredith also has a brick back splash in her kitchen, so that means we have another project lined up for the rest of this Brick-Anew paint! We plan on using the rest to cover her back splash sometime in the next few months.
Meredith sent me this picture later that evening after I had completed her fireplace. She was so excited about the new look of her fireplace, she went to Target before I even started the project and bought some decorative accents to add to her mantel. She’s my crafty friend and always has the cutest pieces and creations throughout her house. I love how her fireplace looks with the new paint and decor!
Since this was just the first part of the fireplace makeover, stay tuned for the next step as we paint the inside of the fireplace and figure out what we’re going to do with the mantel and the tile hearth.
Thanks to Matt and Meredith for letting me use their fireplace for the Brick-Anew makeover!