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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Anyone know what it takes to do it?
  2. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    White paint... the only acceptable color... ;)
  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Eeeewww. No, I don't want white. I'm trying to paint my fireplace. All the colors in my living area is some variation of beige. Very boring. I need to add some color.
  4. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    I used white spray paint on my red brick fireplace and it turned out excellent. I'm very happy with it and it has lasted well over 7-8 years without any issues. I also cleaned the brick beforehand.
  5. ROMOSAPIEN9

    ROMOSAPIEN9 Proud Grandpa

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  6. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    What color is the brick now? Red?
  7. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    I was watching some home improvement show the other day and they had painted this brick wall in the living room navy blue as an accent color.

    I thought it looked fantastic.
  8. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    No. It's multi-colored, but they're all pale. Like a light beige, peachy-pink, and a couple of pseudo-brown looking bricks. Hope that makes sense.

    It matches the brick on my home. I don't particularly like the brick of my home, but it's pretty low on my list of priorities to change.

    The colors in my living area are beige carpet, beige sofa/chairs with brown accents. Nice, but kinda blah. So I'm thinking up things to give the room some flavor. I was thinking of painting the fireplace a burgundy, smoky red, or even milk chocolate, just to give the room some contrast. Haven't thought that part all the way through. Just wanted to know how I could do it.
  9. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I like the burgundy idea. But if you decide not to paint,You might be able to accomplish the same goal using and nice landscape picture over the Fireplace or several smaller ones around it. Might would be more subtle and still very classy.

    When my wife wants to change the color scheme in our living room, she just makes some subtle changes to the decor, (drapes, plants etc). It looks like a new room and she didn't hae to do any major overhauling. Just a thought.
  10. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    I've got some ideas that definitely include adding some greenery and other knick knacks.

    I have an open floor plan, so the living area only has two walls, one taken up by the fireplace, the other by entertainment stuff. I don't have a fireplace mantle. The brick goes from the floor to the ceiling, so I figured paint might be a good idea. The walls are also off-white and it all seems to blend in.

    I've just gotten around to accessorizing the house. I've kinda had a bachelorette pad until this point. :p:
  11. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I didn't realize it was a floor to ceiling fp.

    Well, Cowboy blue would look nice. :star:

    I saw something one time that was pretty different. This guy had a house with an interior waterfall. On the opposite wall he had a fp kinda like you are describing. The brick had been painted with bright primary colors but it had a kind of swirl affect to it. Kinda 60'sish but not really. Hard to explain but was different nonetheless. Don't know how radical you want to go though.
  12. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    You should primer it first with some Kilz. If you don't want the grout lines to be painted better to buy the kind of Kilz in the bucket applied with a paint brush. That will make the bricks white, seal them, and create a solid base from which to add color that will last.

    Then simply add the colors you want and the Kilz primer white will be covered. It'll last a lot longer than simply applying paint which the brick will drink like water.
  13. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    I spray painted mine so it looks powder-coated instead of slapping on rolled, latex paint. I have not had one adhesion issue in all these years and any soot that escapes the front part of the fireplace cover wipes easily off.
  14. poke

    poke the older I get the better I was

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    WG....the steps in the link above would work just fine, Hostiles info on using
    Kilz primer is also good advice.
    I did what you are thinking about for the very same reason and we love it.

    the old color
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    after cleaning the brick of loose stuff beginning to apply Kilz primer

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    ready to be painted with new color

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    the new color GRAY..( almost as boring but fit with our black/white scheme)

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    finished and still glad we did it

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    it was a fun project which turned into changing the carpet, painting the whole room, new lights, new furniture, adding a glass mantle over the wood stove.......typical home improvement...never a good place to stop but fun.

    and heres what it looks like right now......had to show off my wifes Cowboy Christmas tree again !

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  15. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Oh that looks nice, poke! See, now I'm excited again. I wasn't sure, but I think it'll look good no matter what color I use. Mine doesn't cover the whole wall like yours, but it's close. I have windows on both sides.

    Edit: Here's a pic. BTW, I'm also replacing the hearth. That's a must.

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  16. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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  17. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    poke's turned out nice indeed.

    A couple of questions. Are you going to leave the grout gray? Our have you considered painting the grout gray afterward?

    Let me tell you why I ask this. A friend of mine had a wall with the exact same bricks you have there. First we did the primer with Kilz. When you do that BTW you are not looking to paint it. Just get it on the brick so that it provides a barrier. Then he painted the bricks a red color. In a random pattern he did a few bricks an even darker red. Then he painted the grout about the color gray poke used. When he was done it was truly classy looking.

    Just a thought. As long as you take your time and do it right, it should come out looking great.

    Another suggestion. If you painted the faux beams it would look really good.
  18. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Hmmm... that's not a bad idea, Hos. I really like it. Definitely something to think about. I'm planning to purchase a black hearth, but it may turn out to be that nickel and black look, as well. Either way, I like that idea.

    Those beams used to be this really ugly dark brown. I've had the house painted before and I had the beams painted to match the walls to open it up. I don't want to paint those.
  19. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    Poke that is the best looking Christmas tree EVER!
  20. ROMOSAPIEN9

    ROMOSAPIEN9 Proud Grandpa

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