I am working on a project that involves ye old, dated brick fireplace surround from the late 70's, early 80's. It's funny, some people really see painting over the brick as a "no no". I have every confidence that this is the way to go for a fresher, brighter, more contemporary room. My clients may need a little more convincing....
I think painting over the brick and the idea of painting in general for a lot of people is fear based. It's the easiest thing to change if you are unhappy, and the easiest way to instill a dynamic change in your decor.
Picture all these fireplaces as they once were; red bricked and soot stained (I'm assuming). The rooms fall flat! Nothing says dated like a brick wall in a traditional home
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In this photo, the mortar creates a graphic design to the bumped out fireplace .
Be sure to pay attention to the interior of the fireplace as well. The back wall gives its original look away. I would suggest painting it black. Take Note ~ This application requires a primer and specially rated paint that can withstand high temperatures.
And lose the brass frame while you're at it
I don't think I need to utter a word, I'll send over the blog post and let the pictures speak for themselves.
This may however be a case of do as I say, not as I do. I can nether confirm nor deny this look exists within my home's four walls. I however, am using it as another reason for why we should just move ~ but my husband isn't budging!