Family room fireplace with gas insert...we need an update desperately...can we do a facing on it?
I love it when homeowners paint brick fireplaces! It's the easiest way to completely change the look of one without spending a bunch of money.
What about the mantle and the bottom being cement? Should it be painted as well or ..??
are there any other options besides painting or totally replacing the fireplace?
Hi Terri! I think painting those two pieces would be totally up to you and your personal preference! I'd suggest asking an employee in the paint section of your local home improvement store for suggestions when it comes to the type of paint that would work best for brick and cement surfaces.
Other options can be to cover up the brick or add a thrifted mantel around it!
I had the same brick as was on the exterior of my house on the fireplace surround and hearth. I found some inexpensive Alabama Marble on Ebay (which actually cost more to ship) than it cost. I had a tile guy cover the brick w/the marble and I love it.
Not bad but I had some other tile work done also. I always try to get at least 3 bids on the job. Considering that you have the stone looking hearth You might want to consider something more natural looking. You can buy samples of tile and always return them. Good luck.
I had the same brick and painted white. We had no mantel but a couple of shelves and painted them white also. Looked so much better I used a stain blocker primer then paint it with a satin paint so much easier to clean. If you want to make the mantel and hearth a little different I have used concrete sealer and just a very little paint mixed together and it makes it look like new concrete . Use very little paint you can always put another coat on or add more paint , use same paint as brick no primer
I thought maybe the mantle and hearth could be covered for a more modern look
Do u have beforw and after pics by any chance?
You could use masonry screws to attach firing strips to the brick and then put whatever you want over them: paneling, pallet wood, shiplap, wainscoting, sheetrock...
We do heat with that fireplace so have to be safe too
I have been doing research because I want to do the same thing. Behr makes a concrete stain that you can use on a fireplace. It comes in several colors. There is also a company called Dye Brick. I may try one of those because I do not like a painted brick fireplace. Let me know what you choose, my project will be a few months off.