I said it hundreds of times:
I would never paint over brick.
And then I did it and you know what? I totally do not hate it. In fact, I’d have to say it looks pretty darn impressive. Like 5-star-ski-lodge-in-a-pretentious-tourist-town-impressive. So yeah, I love it.
But before I show it here, you have to see what I was working with:
To be honest, I would apologize for the fireplace every time someone came over to visit. Especially that insert with that brass. Yeah, people. Just ignore that fireplace. It doesn’t represent who I am or what I believe in at all. I’m stuck with it and I don’t know what to do with it.
Aside from it’s ugliness, the fireplace’s dark red brick just sucked the light out of the room. I wanted something that could brighten the room, but would keep it cozy.
I’ve lived in this home for almost 10 years now and for all those years I daydreamed about what I would do with the fireplace. Tile over it. Rip out the brick. Or just sheetrock right over it. I didn’t know what the right answer was. I scoured the HGTV website, watched carefully any and every DIY TV show where there was a fireplace remodel, and asked around. But I never could land on the right answer. With pretty much everything else in the home I knew what my vision was, but not this fireplace. Making a decision paralyzed me and it wasn’t until this year when I decided to rip out the carpet and put in hardwood laminate flooring I knew it was time to do something about the fireplace because I knew it would be messy and not having to deal with the floor would somehow make it easier, no?
As you can see I finally settled on painting. Why painting? Well, the guy who was making my mantle suggested it, and my contractor didn’t seem to wince when I suggested painting. So if two dudes say to go with painting who am I to argue? Well, at least someone was making a decision if it wasn’t going to be me.
My mantle friend I mentioned above is actually my friend, Kurt, who I’ve known for years. He had suggested about nine years ago that I needed a good mantle and that he could build it because he specialized in rough-hewned timber for homes. (See? My friends all recognized how ugly the fireplace was and always offered suggestions on how to make it better. My fireplace has been crowd sourced, I suppose.) So even though it took nearly ten years to figure out exactly what I was going to do about that brick, I always knew I wanted to have this mantle:
Okay, fireplace painted. (Check!) Awesome mantle built and installed. (Check!) Now I needed a good gas log and fireplace screen.
You can see why I’m happy about it. I love, Love, LOVE this fireplace now. As soon as I was done I found myself sitting and just staring at it. For hours.
So guys, I guess painting over brick isn’t such a bad idea.