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Abbie M
Abbie M
  • Hometalk Team
  • Brooklyn, NY

German Schmear Fireplace Makeover

5 Materials
2 Days

Have a dark fireplace that needs a fresh new look? Watch this!

Check out the video for the full process!

german schmear fireplace makeover

Start by taping off the hearth, around the fireplace and the fire box.

german schmear fireplace makeover


german schmear fireplace makeover

After that, fill piping bags with Thin-Set Mortar.

german schmear fireplace makeover

Next, remove the mantle if possible and lay down a drop cloth to protect your floor.

german schmear fireplace makeover

Remember to pay attention to details and get into all of the grooves for a finished look!

Continue this process all the way down to the hearth.

german schmear fireplace makeover

Then, begin piping the mortar into the grooves of the brick. This is much more fun with another set of hands 

german schmear fireplace makeover

Next, begin smudging the mortar around each brick to give it a weathered look.

Already looking brighter!

german schmear fireplace makeover

Scrape off any excess mortar that got on the firebox with a putty knife. You can avoid this by adding plastic overtop when you apply it to the rest of the fireplace!

After the fireplace is dry, tape off the firebox again. Make sure to cover all of the screens with tape!

german schmear fireplace makeover

Next, grab some Rust-Oleum High Heat Ultra spraypaint in whatever color you want and begin spraying on!

german schmear fireplace makeover

german schmear fireplace makeover

After you're done spraying & it's dry peel the tape right off!

german schmear fireplace makeover

Next, add the mantle back on and add some items to personalize the space!

german schmear fireplace makeover

Before this fireplace was dark and outdated-- now it's much more updated and adds a breath of fresh air to the whole room!

This technique would also be great on an outdated brick wall!

I hope this inspires you to give this German Schmear technique a try on your outdated fireplace! 

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3 of 7 questions
  • Juni
    14 hours ago

    Just was wondering if I can use the same

    Thin set mortar to stain the red out of the bricks, I want to completely get rid of the red..

  • Aleta
    10 hours ago

    I love this look! I'm wandering if the mortar will cause a grayish color or will it be white? Also, would white grout be better than the gray mortar? Thanks!

  • Suzanne
    9 hours ago

    Does the black paint on the brass chip easily?

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  • Dsouther
    10 hours ago


    I am not sure what mine is painted with. It was painted white when I moved in.

    • Deb
      8 hours ago

      Looks like a white wash super thin and a wipe off.

  • Sandie
    6 hours ago

    I took my fireplace to a whole new level. And everyone that has visited LOVES IT!!!

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