Fireplace Help

Old 04-23-01, 10:21 AM
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We have a red brick fireplace in the corner of our livingroom. It is old and dull, covered with paint splatters and no longer has a mantel only bricks that jet out where the mantel used to be. On top of this, it has 4 black vents (2 on top and 2 at floor level) which make it look even worse. We would love to keep the brick if only there's a way to clean and refurbish it. Other than that, the only idea we have is to paint over it. We are going to build a new mantel regardless of what we do with the brick. Here's what we'd like to know...
1) Is there an important reason for the vents? And can we cover them without fear of the house burning down?
2) Is there a way to clean and add luster to the bricks?

If anyone has any other ideas for what to do please let us know. We have done so much to that room but it never looks complete because of that ugly, old fireplace.

Thanks for the help!
Old 04-25-01, 11:33 PM
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Your old and ugly fire place has some very good things going for it...the vents are to help recover the heat out of the mass of brick used to build the fireplace, dont try to hide them paint them black or gold, the brick have taken on the look of can wash every thing down with TSP and a wire brush will remove most every thing..may have to do more in tough spots...The mantel should add to the look of the fireplace..not modern but it need not be an old log either...use the fireplace as a place to start and decorate out from it...the charm of the old is very hard to fined and you can not just make it..IT TAKES TIME...Use it if you can....should you paint it it will be gone for ever...and most every one that try to change....wish they has not made the big change...Good Luck
Old 10-04-01, 01:30 AM
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Cleaning brick fireplace

Would like to know the results of your cleaning project for your brick fireplace.

What sealer did you use? The doityourelf cleaning tips section said to use a penetrating sealer that contains tung oil.


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