Is there anything we can do to make exterior chimney look nicer?


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Old 03-25-24, 06:01 AM
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Is there anything we can do to make exterior chimney look nicer?

We're about to revamp our exterior, at which point the chimney will be somewhat of an eye sore. It's not terrible, but it's not exactly the prettiest of red brick (it's 55 years old...). I know we shouldn't paint it, but is there anything we can do to make it look better?
 
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Old 03-25-24, 06:46 AM
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I've painted more than a few old brick chimneys. The drawback is once you paint brick you must always paint it.

Posting a pic or two of your chimney will help us better understand what you have.
 
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Old 03-25-24, 08:30 AM
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There are many things you can do, it will just depend on how much time and money you want to spend on it. Some of the options I can think of are:
Wrap it with siding
Coat it with stucco
Put a cast stone veneer on
Cover it with outdoor rated tile
Cover it with a German Schmear
Cover it with a Brick veneer or a different color/texture

Really, any outdoor wall finish can be installed over the brick chimney.
 
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What's wrong with the chimney now? Is it in poor condition? Need repairs? Or, are you just looking for something cosmetic?

As for making it look nicer that's a totally subjective decision. What do you want it to look like?
 
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Old 03-26-24, 12:49 PM
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Thanks everyone. There's nothing wrong with it, just showing signs of age, discoloration... When I first started googling this I came across a few sites that said not to paint it (or do much to it) as it needed to, essentially, breathe...
 
 

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