Painting a fireplace
Does anyone have any suggestions on painting a fireplace? I have a guy currently painting my hallway and ceilings and he asked me if I have ever thought of painting my fireplace and yes I acutally had thought about it but am scared to take the leap. It is currently a red brick and it just seems to be out of place. It is a large fireplace with a 10 1/2 foot raised bench area all across the front. Would like for it to be an off white color and I'm thinking of putting in hardwood floors. I'm afraid if I leave it red brick everything will just be to dark. Has anyone painted theirs and if you have how do you like it? I'm assuming once it is painted it is permanent???