Can you give me your opinions on whether or not to paint my fireplace?

Gail Willson
by Gail Willson

I find the colour of my fireplace is too pink and there are some soot marks that I can't remove completely. I was thinking about dry-brushing it in white. I was all set to start this project but I can't bring myself to actually do it because I feel that I would be ruining a mid-century modern bit of architecture.The second picture is a spare brick that shows what it would look like finished. The left side of the brick has more paint applied.Should I leave it as is or take the plunge?

  14 answers
  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 06, 2020

    Hi Gail, I think you should take the plunge, I really like the left side of the brick, I think you will love the look, you could even go a grey color, sorry, I am hooked on grey because it matches everything so well. Anyway, GO FOR IT!!

  • Unexpected Elegance Unexpected Elegance on Jan 06, 2020

    I love the way the sample brick it!

  • My Family Thyme My Family Thyme on Jan 06, 2020

    Hi Gail, You have to be happy with your home. I wouldn't worry about what is trendy, but decorate with styles and finishes that you love. I do love the look of whitewashed brick. I wrote a blog post where I shared how to whitewash brick using chalk paint. It was a very easy and inexpensive project. I hope this is helpful. Please check back. I would love to know what you decide! :)

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 06, 2020

    Having grown up in the 50s mid-century modern, and collecting the furniture myself.... many of those fireplaces were painted...... I think it would add more continuity to the bookcase to paint it white. You get this mid-century connaisseur's vote of confidence!

  • If it makes you happy, do it! I like the painted brick.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 06, 2020

    There are kits you can use to paint a fireplace as well. Brick A New has a great product.

  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Jan 06, 2020

    German white wash it, You will be glad you did.

  • William William on Jan 07, 2020

    Take the plunge and paint it. Brighten the room up too.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jan 07, 2020

    Painting the brick white would make the fireplace look more integrated with the shelving, and make the whole wall look larger.

  • J Brown J Brown on Jan 07, 2020

    Whitewash is SO easy! You don't have to use white paint for the wash and you can make it as saturated as you choose. I did our monster wall after years of hating it and WOW. Posted it here on Hometalk. "Massive brick fireplace wall whitewash success".

    Here's a sneak peek

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 07, 2020

    I would probably paint it, I really like the effect on the sample.

  • T R T R on Jan 07, 2020

    I like the pink and I think it looks good with the wall.

  • Gail Willson Gail Willson on Jan 07, 2020

    The replies have almost been unanimous in favour of painting. I will screw up my courage and paint. Thank you all for your answers.

  • Janice Janice on Jan 07, 2020

    Hi Gail, I bet you'll love the look after you do the painting. I once painted a red brick fireplace a solid white and I was amazed at the change it made in the feel and comfort of the room. Everyone absolutely LOVED it. I hope you share a pic with us after you've completed the work!