Updating an old fireplace

Blackened soot, ashes and dust particles can accumulate on the exterior and interior spaces of a fireplace, making the bricks look old and dirty.

Use a medium 120-grit sandpaper to lightly sand any loose pieces of mortar or crumbling brick on your fireplace.

AKA my lovely husband who makes all these thoughts translate into finish products.

Luckily he went along with it, because we’re so excited about the progress!

After cleaning the bricks, apply a paint primer formulated especially for brick.

Allow the primer to dry before rolling on an interior latex paint over the fireplace bricks.

Apply a second coat of paint after the first coat is dry.

Use a high-temperature firebox paint to make the firebox look clean and new.

Conversely, dark-colored paint can make an oversize fireplace appear smaller.

We also added metal tile edge trim around the finished hearth to make grouting and laying the floors much easier and cleaner.

Once those were done, we started on the face of the fireplace.

However, after seeing how easy everything came off and how little the mantle was supported (the only thing holding it up turned out to be that crown! Just a little bit of that domino affect thing 🙂 Since we were also getting our floors installed shortly after, we changed up the size of the hearth and made it a little smaller, while making sure it was level with the new wood floors so that it wasn’t a trip hazard.

We found some great brick tiles from Home Depot and combining them with a 1/4″ cement board was almost a perfect match for our 3/4″ wood floor height.

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