Advice for painting a Fireplace?

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I have a red brick fireplace with a concrete mantle and a concrete pad at the bottom. My walls are painted a taupe colour and we have light beige carpet. I’d like to “POW” the fireplace. Our old furniture coming into this family room is also a tan/beige colour. I was thinking to white wash bricks and paint concrete in black??? Any other suggestions? I’m not afraid of colour.

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  • Sandra Crosbie Sandra Crosbie on Aug 09, 2018

    I think I would go for a mid grey colour, which would go well with your existing colours. The mantle would look very nice in black, or a deeper shade of grey. Good luck.👍👍

  • Jason T. Lee Jason T. Lee on Aug 09, 2018

    I love your idea but I think instead of black you might consider charcoal or something a little lighter than black to make a warmer color combination. Good luck!

  • If everything is beige I would look into some greige shades. I agree with the other posters, don't do black, but a very dark grey, or greige, which may look like a deep bronze depending on that color strip.


    If you're not afraid of color think about painting the concrete a vivid color, like a dark teal. Something that matches your decor. I think it would look awesome and if you don't like it, just paint over it. I would avoid a gloss finish on that concrete. Good luck!




  • Thanks everybody ;). I’ve decided to whitewash fireplace and a mid grey for the concrete areas. I’ll post a photo once completed. Wish me luck.

    • Bad24292321 Bad24292321 on Aug 10, 2018

      You won't regret it. Just did my old dark wood and fireplace. Looks like a brand new house.

  • D cooke D cooke on Aug 10, 2018

    Question: do you start by using a primer? or do you just start painting?

  • D cooke D cooke on Aug 10, 2018

    Question: do you start by using a primer? or do you just start painting?

    • Arva Dell Arva Dell on Aug 10, 2018

      Just did my fireplace in a med. grey with dark gray outlines of the bricks it is beautiful. Yes, use a primer first, much easier to put the main coat of paint on after. I only had to prime and one coat of gra. I covered orangey, rust colored bricks.

  • LZ LZ on Aug 10, 2018

    Don't paint it. The brick is beautiful! If you anything just add a fake granite finish on the cement parts. Too many drab colors get to be too much.

  • Ma_pa_jackrabbit Ma_pa_jackrabbit on Aug 10, 2018

    https://youtu.be/g3RTWcq7ye4 I saw this and I think it is called a German smear. I like it much better than paint. I think it looks more authentic rustic if that’s a thing.

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