To paint, or not to paint? That is the question many of us face when it comes to “out of style;” or even ugly brick in the house.
Our new home has the cutest brick fireplace. The shape is cute, the color is not. I spent some time thinking about decorative ways to spruce it up. So after a few days deliberation, I decided that we were going to have to paint it.
Would I be happy with my decision? There’s no going back. That’s a permanent choice! I told the painter to go ahead; and I left the house for a few hours before I lost my nerve.
When I came back, she had a good portion of the top of the fireplace primed. Enough that I could see the beauty coming out and too much to reverse my choice. I was sure I would love it when all done.
It took a whole day just to cover it with primer (Zinsser 1-2-3 worked great!).
And then, another whole day to finish the top coat (latex semi gloss). But, wow, it’s absolutely beautiful!! I chose to paint it with the same clean white that covers all the trim. It keeps it simple, clean, and classic.
Deciding to paint something like brick can be a daunting decision; but when done right, can be a wonderful change. So if you’ve ever thought about it, I say, go for it! I think you’ll love it!
CAUTION: I will say that most men will not sanction this decorating choice, so you may want to wait til they’re on the fishing trip of a lifetime with their buddies to hatch this plan. 😉