Fireplace needs to be updated- Keep red or paint?

ksquiresMay 15, 2013

Hi everyone,

We are in the process of updating our den, including our fireplace. I just ordered a custom mantel shelf. We are prob going to paint the shelf white. I am debating on if I should leave the fireplace bricks red or try Brick ANew. I am def going to paint the brass. Please share your opinions! Any of your pics would be helpful also! Thanks so much!

Have a good night! :)

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berlin

Remove the brass doors entirely, get a nice set of andirons or a nice grate install a nice mantel or surround, and don't paint the brick.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 2:50PM
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ksquires

Thanks Berlin! We actually painted the brass last week black...but I didnt even think about removing it completely. I ordered a custom mantel that will arrive next week. My husband does not want to paint the brick either- I just think it looks "dated". Thanks again!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2013 at 12:56PM
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tinan

Re-grouting the brick in a lighter gray would lighten the feel and make it look cleaner. The current grout/mortar looks well inset leaving you lots of room for new grout, grouting closer to the brick surface will make it look smoother and less of a light sink in the room.

You can also whitewash brick to lighten the color but not change its character, see link

Here is a link that might be useful: whitewash brick

This post was edited by tinan on Sun, Jun 2, 13 at 18:38

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 6:33PM
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gasguy

Just a quick tip, I mount mantles daily and if yours has a hollow back mount a appropriate length 2 by 4 or 2 by 6 with tap con screws at 62 to 65 inches from floor level then mount the shelve to the 2 by with 3 inch finish nails, you will have the strength and the looks. Good luck. Ps I hope he pained the brass with rust oleum high temp grill paint otherwise it will peel from heat.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 6:05PM
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christopherh

If you remove the doors you are going to make the fireplace a heat loser. It will suck the heat out of the room and up the chimney.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 8:13AM
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