Since Ben and I moved into our house in March I've wanted to do this project! I'm so excited to share with you how to give your fireplace a fresh makeover in just three simple steps!
Krud Kutter Spray
1 Wire Brush
1 Medium Sized Paint Brush
1 Can of DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in "Everlasting"
1 Small Cup of Water
Rustoleum Heat Resistant Paint
1 Paint Brush You Don't Care About
Clean your fireplace. I get into more detail on THIS blog, but here's the gist of it - get this cleaner at your local hardware store with a wire brush & scrub until you think you have carpal tunnel:
Get a small cup of water, a brush, a rag and the paint you're going to be using to white-wash. I used DecoArt's Chalky Finish Paint in "Everlasting" which is a bright white. Decide how much of the brick you want to show through by dipping your brush lightly in the paint, heavily in the water, then spread it over the brick. The more water on your brush, the more the paint will spread and the more brick color you will see through the paint. If you put on too much, simply splash a little water on the brick and dab it up with your rag. I didn't want mine to be fully white, so I used a lot of water. Wait for it to dry before moving on to step 3.
Now that your brick is whitewashed and very beautiful, you're going to notice just how yucky the inside of the fireplace looks. This is easily fixed with just a fresh coat of paint! Downside is - you have to use a special paint that is heat resistant and only comes in black. You can get this at Home Depot, I used the Rustoleum brand. Do a fresh coat of black over the inside. I have to warn you: It's oil based and smells like burning licorice. It's yucky, which is why you'll notice in the photo below that I have an air purifier very close by. I'd recommend that or a fan if you have one, keep fresh air flowing near you or you'll get a little loopy. Also be sure to have nail polish remover or a paint thinner handy in case you spaz and it splashes somewhere you don't want it to!
Now that you've cleaned it, white-washed it & given a fresh coat of heat resistant paint to the inside - you have what looks like a brand new fireplace!
Painting above fireplace is available for purchase, details here.
I feel like it brightens up the whole room!
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