Well I’m as happy as can be! I have whined and complained for 5 years about the 1970’s brick fireplace in our den. Now that we have learned that Shabby Paints has no limits it was time to make my fireplace a feature, not the dreaded “please don’t look at it” eyesore.
With the help of my crazy friend Danica we picked up some loose bricks on the side of the road to practice on. Painted one with latex paint and it needed 3 coats. I primed one then painted over with the same latex paint and it looked okay but still a two to three step process. Then I painted one with Shabby Chalk-Acrylic Paint in Ice, covered great but was too light and then I did one in Garfield Grey and it was a touch too dark. My final color choice was Garfield Grey with a touch of Ice to lighten.
My brick has some weird design in it so the coverage for it was harder to get than my roadside sample bricks. I didn’t want the thick coat of paint look like most fireplace makeovers have. I wanted to have a hint of the bricks texture to come out. Brick isn’t naturally shiny or glossy so I wanted the same dry rough look that brick gives. If you wanted more coverage just do the first coat where you push the brush into each crevice with pressure so you fill every spot. Then do a second thicker coat after it dries so you can get that look. I could still change my mind on that…I am a woman and I am allowed! 🙂
The only prep work was using a broom to sweep any dust or loose brick pieces off. It took me about 3.5 hours to paint the brick if you take away the stopping for laundry and to let the dogs in and out every 10 minutes. I mixed 3 quarts of paint and still have 2 quarts left. I just assumed it would soak it up and I would even possibly need more. Wow that is only around $29.99 for this makeover. If I would have done the primer and then the latex paint I’m looking at even more and an extra step. If you do the second coat add at least a half quart. Use a brush that you don’t mind tossing because brick is rough on brushes and your wrist.
Paint under $29.99 depending on how much brick you have, and coverage you want.
Brush $1.00 for a 3 pack at The Dollar Tree. (update they are now $1.00 for a 2 pack):