Something Different – Painted Fireplace Update or “Long Time No Post”

So as you can see by the title and the header, this site has been about guitars & gaming. However, it’s bee quite a long time since I’ve updated the blog.

Today I’m going to post some info about a project I recently completed. My wife and I have never really liked the way the brick fireplace in our house looked. It (was) a typical red brick fireplace.


While there was nothing really wrong with the fireplace, ever since we bought the house 2 years ago, I’ve wanted to update the look of the fireplace. I spent quite a bit of time looking at various options from whitewashing, to lime washing, to painting and glazing. I finally settled on a project I found on the Lowe’s website. It involved first painting over the brick with a lighter color, then applying a darker color with a sponge. I used flat paint for both colors. I’ve always wanted to make the fireplace look more like stone. I was kind of nervous about getting started, but once I completed the project, I regret that I didn’t do it sooner. It turned out better than I had hoped it would.

First of all, I started by washing the brick with Trisodium Phosphate. Once it dried, I also vacuumed the exterior of the fireplace to make sure there weren’t any loose pieces of brick that would get stuck to the roller while painting. Then I applied the base layer, which is called Desert Fortress.


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