Fireplace Facelift

Old 03-09-03, 09:11 AM
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Fireplace Facelift

My corner fireplace is old red brick, still in good condition. I would like to lighten it up. Is it possible to whitewash or paint it without it looking simply awful? I need to lighten it because all the wood, etc. is dark (late 70s style) and I need to update the entire house to lighten it up.
Old 03-09-03, 09:20 AM
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There are numerous products available to paint brick, it would be best to visit a good paint store and discuss your desires with them.

Good Luck!
Old 03-10-03, 08:17 AM
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I personally like Behr brand masonry stain. It can be purchased at Home Depot for about $17 dollars a gallon, and works great.
I recently used some to stain a new stone pier, in order to match a pier that was built 70 years ago. The homeowners association I was doing the project for was amazed at how the new stone pier was transformed into a 70yr. old pier in minutes. Lowes also carries a similar product, but I have not used it. You might try using a sponge method of staining, it seem to give the a more non-painted on look.

Good Luck

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