I used General Finishes Milk Paint to give my orange brick a new look in the den and neutralize that ugly orange color. This gave me a whole new option for paint color on the walls.
Paint That Ugly Brick
40 year old original orange brick. So hard to match a room for paint. After 4 wall colors failed it was time to change the brick.
The mortar was already a dark grey so I used a milk paint by General Finishes called Seagull Gray. Dabbed each brick with a round brush. Took about 2 hours.
I waited overnight to let it dry and used another color of General Finishes called Driftwood to lightly feather over the brick. This was fast and quick, and you can make it as light or heavy as you prefer. I did light brush strokes and the design in the brick became accented.
Here you can see the finished product. Contractors cannot believe I did this. I have many colors to chose for accent walls but will stay light in the den for lack of bright windows.
The jury is still out as to weather or not to us a high heat paint for the brass fireplace cover or get an updated model. Feel free to comment.
General Finishes QD Water Based Milk Paint, 1 Quart, Drift Wood, Driftwood
General Finishes QSGG Milk Paint, 1 quart, Seagull Gray
Brossum Large 2-in-1 Round Chalk and Wax Brush for Painting Furniture, Handmade with All Natural Bristles with Ergonomic Handle
I went to Sherwin Williams and had them match the Seagull Gray for my walls which were an old brown paneling. This you see here is called Peppercorn and too dark for the room . I will update when I paint the paneled wall and fireplace.
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Barbara on Jul 15, 2021
A white wash, which is a diluted white paint using a rag wiping down the brick and mortar will give you a softened look. I wish I knew how to post a picture. But if you are going for the bold and beautiful than this looks great and even better with a black insert to go with the walls.