Updating an old brick fireplace
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Remember to get in the grout or mortar between each brick or stone, so the mortar doesn’t look dirty! PAINTING Another quick update to your fireplace surround is to paint it.
Then we chose a soft gray to paint the mantel and shelves. While whitewashing lends itself to a little more “antiqued” or farmhouse or French Country look, straight out paint leans more toward the updated contemporary look.
If your moldings and trim are more of an off-white or a warm white, use that color for your whitewash.
Check this one out from Greige Design: This is the process they used, according to Christina Fluegge of Greige Design: “They used the sprayer to get the even coverage on the stone.
The hardest part about this job is deciding what color paint to use for your whitewash.
White, antique white, and light gray are popular colors to whitewash with. If your moldings and trim-work throughout the house are bright white, use bright white for your whitewash.
So if you would like to move out of your own Pizza Hut and/or medieval castle and into the current century, or if you just want to lighten the look a bit, there are basically 5 options for you to update your fireplace surround.
You can: WHITEWASH One of the easiest and fastest ways to lighten up your fireplace is to whitewash it. All you really need is paint, water, brushes and rags.