Painting a Brick Fireplace

I’ve always disliked my 60’s brick fireplace surround and intended to paint it.  The other day I found a photo of a white horse and fell in love.  Had to have it.  I brought it home and leaned it on my mantle.  It was immediately apparent that the horse needed something more beautiful than my dated brick to call home!  So I headed to my basement to see what left over paints I had.  I had some whites and greys.  I found an extra spongey roller and a paint brush and set to work on painting that dated brick.  It took me under 4 hours with a toddler under foot!  It was a rush job, but I was pleased with the final result.

1960's brick fireplace surround

1960’s brick fireplace surround

side angle... so you get the full feel of the look!

side angle… so you get the full feel of the look!

A mix of white acrylic paints eggshell finish. (The paint you buy in a can at the paint store!). Mine was getting old, so it was a bit gummy. But that worked well because it stuck to all the texture of the brick.

A mix of white acrylic paints in an eggshell finish. (The paint you buy in a can at the paint store!).  This paint was quite old and gummy which worked well for my textured brick.

I started with a brush and painted the grout lines.

I started with a brush and painted the grout lines.

I didn't paint very evenly which added to the overall effect in the end.

I didn’t paint very evenly which added to the overall effect in the end.

After the grout, I roughly painted the brick with the roller. Some parts got more paint some less. This is part way through.

Part way through….  After the grout, I roughly painted some of the redder bricks with the brush.  I really slopped on the paint for some bits and used less paint and almost dry brushed other bits.

IMG_9434

To add more white I used the spongey roller and again literally slopped it on in some parts allowing it to really seep into the grout lines. I smoothed drips with the brush. Finally, I took some grey paint and watered it down, about 50/50, to make a wash. I used my brush and applied it to the areas that already looked a little grey. I did this very sparingly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           End result with my lovely horse of course!

 

With a touch of Christmas.

With a touch of Christmas.

IMG_9545