I knew from the first time we walked through the house that painting the brick living room fireplace would be one of my first projects. I’ve always liked the look of painted brick, and this particular room gets little natural light, which made the dark brick seem ever darker.
(Pre-move and pre-popcorn ceiling removal. . . )
Frog Tape sent me several different products for this project. I used the yellow tape (made for delicate surfaces) to tape off the freshly painted walls. And, I used a new-to-me tape for textured surfaces to tape off the firebox. (It comes with a special sealer, and then you wipe it down with a damp rag. It worked perfectly on the brick.)
A few of you asked me about my process when I posted this “in progress” shot on Instagram. There’s not much of a process, though. Anyone can paint a brick fireplace. If you tape everything off well, you need little-to-no precision. I rolled a coat (with a 3/4” nap roller) and then “globbed” paint in the crevices with an angled paint brush. I rolled two coats and globbed three. :) (You only get highly technical terms on this blog!)
As far as the paint I used, I had this white semi-gloss left over from another project, and it worked great. I like that the fireplace has a slight sheen to it now.
We haven’t changed any overhead lighting—and have only added one lamp, but the white paint makes a major difference in lightening up the room. Now on to accessorizing. . .
Thanks to Frog Tape for sponsoring this post.