Welcome to anyone who hasn't seen this older post. I'm listing it in Sanctuary Arts at Home's Furniture, Room, Trash to Treasure Makeover party in case anyone is looking for an alternate solution to painting your brick fireplaces... Be sure to head over to Jen's for a full list of makeover rooms or projects!
I absolutely love the look of brick walls and fireplaces that have been painted white. My husband? Not so much! So we compromised on the idea of building a surround for our brick fireplace that I could paint white, and I think he did the most fantastic job! I love the way it turned out!
He basically measured and cut a single sheet of birch plywood to cover the front of the fireplace, even cutting a hole for the flue knob. To make things really simple, we purchased decorative trim that was just the right width to cover both sides of the fireplace, and also used decorative trim under the mantel and around the hearth. We then applied some trim to cover the corners, wood puttied all the holes, and painted everything white. I have two king size ruffled pillow shams laying across the brick hearth until we eventually finish that part. Since we only burn candles in the fireplace, the material on the hearth isn't a problem and I've actually grown to like the way they look!
And to cover the hole for the flue knob, I found the sweetest watercolor painting at a yard sale a few years ago - it's a tiny little masterpiece that's just the perfect size!
I'm still up in the air as to whether I will add some appliques to the front. If I ever do, I'll be sure to post updated photos... (You can click on any of the photos below to enlarge them.)
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