Updating fireplace ideas
Via My Repurposed Life A wood mantle is not necessarily a ‘good’ mantle.
If it’s outdated and doesn’t match your decor then it isn’t doing you any favours. Whether it’s stain or paint, you need to sand it to remove the majority of the sheen.
Immerse a stiff brush into the solution and lightly scrub your fireplace to clean the dirt and residue off of the bricks.
Spritz with clear water to rinse and blot dry with a clean cloth.
Color works well when it’s just around the fireplace, too.
Designer Maria Killam, CMG, used bright orange paint around and over the fireplace here, for a bold look you can easily replicate with any favorite hue.
The new paint needs a roughed-up surface to stick to and if the old surface is shiny the new paint will not adhere properly.
400 grit sandpaper should be used to etch the surface without carving it.
Here’s how Klemm did it: White paint with an eggshell finish was brushed on in small sections, and then wiped down with rags to remove most of the paint.Interior designer Susan Diana Harris, Allied ASID, is crazy about color, and she used it to great effect around this fireplace.