Tina Lenauer had the idea of giving her fireplace a makeover with paint! Here's the before photo of the old brick fireplace and here's the after...
Tina says "Painting instructions: It was trial and error. I did a little section at a time. I used color place ultra interior latex flat paint in charcoal coast. I used a cheap brush and started painting all the brick and mortar in a 6 row section at a time. While that paint was still wet I took a sponge (from the bath department at Walmart it was yellow with holes in it) and dipped it a little in Sherwin Williams ovation interior semigloss paint in stone eagle (I had this leftover from when I painted my walls). I then dabbed and turned my hand on an individual brick that was still wet. If you just dab it the look isn’t the same. You have to turn you hand like your opening a door. I didn’t do the dabbing to all the bricks. Some I left just dark grey. Some I waited for the paint to dry a little more and then gave them an extra dab and swish of the stone eagle paint this made some of the bricks even lighter.
So I have the dark bricks that I only did dark grey. The one coat of stone eagle lighter color and then a third color that has two coats. The important thing is to not let the pint dry completely or your dab swish won’t swish with the paint already applied it will just look like a sponge dab.
If you mess up a brick you can always start over by letting it dry and then painting it charcoal coast again and start over with the dab swish of stone eagle
The really light grey that I accented my fireplace logs in was rustoleum chalked aged grey paint. I painted them all grey and when the paint was almost dry I took a sponge and lightly dabbed (no swish) with rustoleum chalked linen white paint.
The inside of the fireplace was rustoleum fire safe black paint. I painted two coats of this.
The mantles that were brown I painted twice with Sherwin Williams trim and door primer. And then painted them two more times with Sherwin Williams (I can’t read the can because I have paint all over it) it’s a green can b31w1150 base in high reflective white. I hope this helps. It was a trial and error process 😄"