Updating an old fireplace
Sometimes a fireplace simply needs a thorough cleaning and a little maintenance to give it an updated, fresh look.Blackened soot, ashes and dust particles can accumulate on the exterior and interior spaces of a fireplace, making the bricks look old and dirty.Illuminate your art with an eyeball can light installed in the ceiling.
Unfortunately, some surrounds also have a strip of brass that separates the tile surround from the fireplace insert and this is not removable, however once the other pieces are painted it’s barely noticeable.
Conversely, dark-colored paint can make an oversize fireplace appear smaller.
After cleaning the bricks, apply a paint primer formulated especially for brick.
Use a high-temperature firebox paint to make the firebox look clean and new.
You can also reface your red brick fireplace with faux rock panels that mimic natural stone.
Allow the primer to dry before rolling on an interior latex paint over the fireplace bricks.