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Painted Brick Fireplace

February 12, 2014

I'm thinking about painting the brick fireplace in our family room white.  I know it's hard to get a real visual here because I've never shown you pictures of this room since the original tour.  It's a pretty hard room to photograph because it doesn't get much natural light.  It's long and narrow with several doors and it's awkward layout has really made furniture arrangement a challenge.  I feel like we've only recently turned a corner in functionality in here.  So now the fun part can start.


Here's a mock-up of what I'm thinking.  Paint the side perimeter white but leave the hearth natural brick.  The inside (not sure what that part is called) is a hot mess of dirty bricks and I'm thinking of leaving that alone at this time as well. Matthew pretty much painted every surface white in this room except for the fireplace. We were waiting to live with it for a while before rushing into a white explosion.  I think it's time.


Or I could just really go crazy and paint the hearth too.  I would still the inside alone at this point.   There was a gas insert placed inside and was a working wood burning fireplace before that.  Right now it's neither.    We need to get a professional in there before I mess with it at all.  Again, not a project for right now.



Here are some rooms that feel so much brighter because the fireplace brick was painted white.  I am absolutely on board with the look.  I'm sold.  Now I just need to convince Matthew.  He feels like maybe it's going to be too much white.  Too coastal in our non-coastal house.  Thoughts?




And here is where we started last summer.  We ripped up the carpet and painted the wood paneling white.  It's made a HUGE difference.  I think painting the brick white will be the final step.  I am fully aware that once you paint, it's nearly impossible to go back.  What do you think?  Do you love the look of white painted brick?





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52 comments:

  1. I say paint it. No doubt. I think leaving it the way it is, just creates an eyesore and is distracting.

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  2. Love painted brick! Go for it! Love all of your inspiration pics:)

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  3. We painted ours white and then bottom flat part black. Maybe that is a compromise? Or a grey might be kinda cool on the bottom?

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  4. Go for it! We painted all of the trim in our house white and it just looks so fresh now.

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  5. Hi Julia! I've never commented but I love your blog! If you are weary of committing to painting it all white, maybe you could white wash the bricks. My girlfriend did that in her home and it looks amazing. The white wash took away the harshness of the red brick but still maintained the character that people love. Good luck!

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  6. I would definitely paint or white wash is like Kelly said ^. I love the way white washes look plus if you white wash it and don't like the look you can paint it completely :)

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  7. Paint that sucker! I think it will look just right and fit in well with what you are doing elsewhere in your house.

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  8. We painted ours after living with the brick 2 years. I'm glad I finally went through with it!

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  9. I painted mine white a few years ago (including the hearth) and hung a blue/white platter right above the fire box. It's made the biggest difference in our family room. It actually made it feel warmer, if that makes sense. Do it and don't look back! You won't regret it.

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  10. Paint or whitewash, definitely! Annie Sloan Chalkpaint would work well on a project like this, check it out!

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  11. we painted ours white and love it!!

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  12. We are white washing our fireplace too!! We were going to last wkd, but ended up hosting our in laws since the ice storm left them without power for days. Hopefully we can tackle it this weekend, we'll see what tomorrows storm brings - ayi yi yi....

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  13. Mu hubby wasn't sold on painting our fireplace either. But even he now says that the red brick and stained wood was holding the room back ... it was like in a movie where everything in a scene visually fits but they've overlooked one thing and it stands out and screams "I'm an overlooked detail". Truth be told, if the painted look doesn't work it could be stripped. Ours is a fairly big difference before / after and I've made a few tweaks since this post, but in case you want another example, http://happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com/2013/03/white-outs-indoors-and-outside.html

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  14. I think the whitewash would look amazing!

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  15. Have you considered whitewashing it? It could look really beautiful while keeping the character of the brick. http://cleverlyinspired.com/2011/01/first-project-2011-whitewash-brick-love-it/

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  16. I love the whitewash look and I would do the hearth as well. I think after you do it the room will feel calmer.

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  17. What about painting it charcoal grey? I like the white too. Definitely do not leave as is :)

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  18. Paint! We did ours and I've never regretted it!!!

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  19. Another way to go is to paint the brick and hearth black. It looks pretty classic and hides soot for when you eventually get the fireplace working again. -Caitlin

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  20. I love white..but I love brick too! What if you washed it sort of like the first picture? Best of both worlds:)

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  21. Definitely paint it! I did it to the fireplace in our last house and loved it! Also have talked a few former clients into doing it and wow, what a nice difference!

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  22. I think a whitewash (like in the first inspiration pic) would be a good first step...that will still let the natural beauty of the brick shine through, and you can live with that for a while before going all-white if it's not doing it for you. As you say, you can never go back, so a whitewash first could be an in-between compromise.

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  23. start with white wash and definitely paint the hearth whatever you do. leave the inside sooty and black and dont worry about it

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  24. I'm a fan of whitewashing the brick on a fireplace. Sometimes the brick color alone can clash with decor schemes, at least the ones I lean toward. Good luck!

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  25. I love the look and I vote for painting the hearth also. What about filling the fireplace with birch logs or some other stacked wood? Love your blog... and house. Good luck!

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  26. I LOVE painted brick! In our last house I did a lime wash on our dated fireplace. Although I don't recommend using actual lime... I should have just used watered down paint. I loved the look!

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  27. I agree that whitewashing would look amazing!

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  28. I love it white! Great before and afters!! :)

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  29. Definitely paint the whole thing (including hearth). My mom did it in a room very similar to yours and it looks soooo much better!

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  30. I definitely say go white. I actually think white wash is what would make it look coastal but opaque white would look so chic and clean!

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  31. Paint it!!! Ours was painted white and I have never gotten tired of it...unlike most everything else in my house :) xo

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  32. I like the idea of painting it but leaving the hearth natural brick. You can always go back and paint the hearth later but I think it will add some visual warmth.

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  33. I love the idea of painting it!
    -Shelley

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  34. Hands down paint the entire thing! It will be fabulous

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  35. Painting the fireplace in our last house was by far the best improvement that I made. We ended up loving it, but dang that first brush stroke was terrifying!

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  36. I like the idea of a lighter whitewash for your fireplace. (Like the first inspiration photo).

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  37. I'm so glad you posted this as I have been going back and forth (for 3 years now)...to paint or not to paint?!? I think its been difficult because you can't go back. We have an entire wall of brick and I think we have finally decided to give it a go to lighten things up. Can't wait to see what you do!

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  38. I'm definitely on board for painting brick. Have you thought about a light limewash? It might be a little more subtle than full on white paint (I think there was an inspiration image you shared that was a limewash).

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  39. Yes I vote for white!!! Beautiful inspiration photos.Hope you all faired well with the snow. Stay safe and warm. xo Nancy

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  40. Paint it white! I think it would look fabulous. Very clean and crisp.

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  41. Paint it. I hate white washing, though - it looks like you primed your bricks but never got around to painting them.

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  42. I'm obsessed with your first inspiration photo...where it's almost just whitewashed and you can still see a bit of the red peaking through? I think that would solve the problem of "too much white." I also think lightening the brick will make your accessories and decorative pieces really pop!

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  43. I painted mine black as my style is less coastal and more eclectic....everything from leopard, to a steer head. I used a black gloss paint and it is AMAZING what a change it brought. White would have been too beachy for my taste but that brick HAD TO GO!!! Good luck!

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  44. Hi there! I would white wash the brick. The variation in colors of the brick are awesome. I like the first inspiration pic you posted (whitewashed brick example). Whatever you decide, it will look great!

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  45. Love the idea of painting the brick but what about a charcoal gray instead of white?

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