Paint Brick Paneling in Fireplace?

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Old 06-03-13, 09:05 PM
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Paint Brick Paneling in Fireplace?

We recently purchased a new home and have taken on quite a few DIY challenges in the process. I desperately want to redo the fireplace but I don't have the first clue on how to get started. We've already decided that we aren't going to burn anything in it and I have purchased a candelabra to go inside of it for decoration; however, it's completely lost in the darkness of the fireplace.

Any suggestions on how to revamp the entire fireplace? We've also considered repainting/revamping the mantel as well, but have no idea where/how to get started. I've scrubbed the inside of the fireplace but thats about it so far! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 06-04-13, 03:04 AM
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Welcome to the forums Kristin!

You can paint the brick inside the fireplace. It won't hold up to fires but as long as you use latex paint it won't be a big deal if the fireplace is put back into service. Do you know what type of material the mantel is made of?
 
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Old 06-04-13, 03:25 AM
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I would use a "High Heat" paint such as available for gas grills. It is a place to start anyway. Looks like this comes in several colors. Even though black is normal for grills, I have purchased it in beige to spruce up some wall space heater covers that were showing some age.

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The mantel is made of some type of stone or cement, not 100% sure
 
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Concrete is paintable but stone doesn't paint well. I was thinking it was stone or tile.
 
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Old 06-04-13, 08:23 PM
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That isn't "brick paneling" inside your fireplace, it's fire brick. Well-used fire brick, at that. Muriatic acid might remove more of the soot, but it looks kinds neat as it is,
 
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