Pls Advise on Brightening Brick Fireplace
I've been searching for information here, on the fireplace forum, and on the internet in general, on how to brighten up my red brick fireplace. It was built in the early 50's, and I love it, but want to brighten it up a bit. It appears to be already spattered in some areas with white paint, and I'd like to maybe sponge a little more white on to lighten it up a bit. I've seen Reno Fan's amazing transformation -- but I'm looking for something a little less dramatic. However, I can't figure out what the best product is to use -- glaze or thinned paint? Oil or latex? Stain or paint? Even my Benjamin Moore dealer is non-committal, saying pretty much any of these choices would be fine.
This is a gas fireplace that we definitely use in the winter. We would only be painting/glazing/staining the exterior and the hearth, not the firebox. Any thoughts or recommendations?
Thanks so much in advance, and thank you, oceanna, for your informative fireplace postings!!