Monday, August 25, 2014

Things You Can Paint Instead of Replace to Save Money - Part 2

A Brick Fireplace

When you paint your brick fireplace, you transform the entire room. But beware! Once you paint brick, it’s nearly impossible to return it to the original brick color.

You can paint brick a single color, or achieve some variation — like the variations in real brick — by sponging on slightly lighter and darker hues.

  1. Lightly sand away any loose bits of brick or mortar with 120-grit sandpaper. 
  2. Clean dirt and soot with a wire brush and heavy-duty cleanser. 
  3. Allow to dry completely before applying an oil-based, stain-blocking primer. 
  4. Paint with a semigloss latex.

  1. Never paint the firebox.
  2. Brick is porous and drinks paint, so buy twice what you think you’ll need.
  3. Wear safety glasses and gloves when cleaning anything with a metal brush.

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