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Old 12-17-2014, 05:13 AM
 
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We are not too fond of the brick in this fireplace. The family room needs any brightening up it can get - it's a tad bit dark. Any ideas? I was thinking of painting it same color as the walls . White might be too 'white', I think? What brands of paint should I use? Any special techniques with painting over brick? Any ideas about giving it a textured look or maybr covering with marble - not sure how much the latter would cost? I would love some suggestions or ideas. Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I think your pic is posted upside down.

Make your fireplace the feature or focal point in your room. Don't paint it the color of the walls. Figure out a way to update it. You might want to reface it, or change the hearth.

Try doing a google search for brick fireplaces, and find images you like. You can save them in Pinterest for inspiration.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The pic comes out correct when you click on it. If you want the fireplace to look like crap, paint it. If you want it to look like a million bucks, call your local brick supply house and ask for a name of a mason that can stain it for you. They can stain brick to look like new in most any color you like and it looks fabulous. The difference is the mortar is not painted the same color as the brick which looks cheap. Once the guy is finished, it will look like new brick and even you can't tell it's stain. There is also the choice of using multiple stain colors to get the desired effect like some bricks appearance.
TINTING BRICK FIREPLACES
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Cheap- paint

Not so cheap- Recote (was originally developed by Boral Brick)

Want a centerpiece for the room? Rip out the brick and do marble- full pieces. Three pc's for the surround, one piece for a flat hearth, 4 pcs. for a raised hearth. The marble cost will be determined by the type/color you pick. Most common- Crema Marfil, Dark Empedora, Carrara, and Black Absolute (granite).
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:38 AM
 
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The pic comes out correct when you click on it. If you want the fireplace to look like crap, paint it. If you want it to look like a million bucks, call your local brick supply house and ask for a name of a mason that can stain it for you. They can stain brick to look like new in most any color you like and it looks fabulous. The difference is the mortar is not painted the same color as the brick which looks cheap. Once the guy is finished, it will look like new brick and even you can't tell it's stain. There is also the choice of using multiple stain colors to get the desired effect like some bricks appearance.
TINTING BRICK FIREPLACES
Thanks. I actually don't like the brick look - doesn't seem to go with the rest of the home, decor. So I want to do away with that. Wondered if I can even out the grout with brick mortar and then prime it with maybe a oil based primer and then paint it ( satin ?) to give a smooth look. I too don't like the painted brick look but here I am looking for a smooth finish. Do you think this might work and look nice.
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:41 AM
 
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Cheap- paint

Not so cheap- Recote (was originally developed by Boral Brick)

Want a centerpiece for the room? Rip out the brick and do marble- full pieces. Three pc's for the surround, one piece for a flat hearth, 4 pcs. for a raised hearth. The marble cost will be determined by the type/color you pick. Most common- Crema Marfil, Dark Empedora, Carrara, and Black Absolute (granite).
This is something that would be nice to do - but just to get a very rough idea - will the cost run into thousands or hundreds? In the final look, I wonder how this compares to just smoothing out and painting it. I am sure the marble will look really nice but if it will justify the cost.

Will look into the recote, thanks.
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Old 12-18-2014, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Thanks. I actually don't like the brick look - doesn't seem to go with the rest of the home, decor. So I want to do away with that. Wondered if I can even out the grout with brick mortar and then prime it with maybe a oil based primer and then paint it ( satin ?) to give a smooth look. I too don't like the painted brick look but here I am looking for a smooth finish. Do you think this might work and look nice.
No.

If you want to change the surface, do it the way K'ledgeBldr said and put the surface you want on it. Otherwise, it will always look like bricks that you tried to make look like something else.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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We are not too fond of the brick in this fireplace.
I was thinking of painting it ...
NO! Never paint brick.
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