But, I don’t love the “fleshiness” of the color of some bricks. They can have too much pink or too much red or too much orange or even too much purple in them at times.
No fear! Your brick can be stained/glazed to tone down those colors. It still looks like brick, but without the flesh tones.
In addition…..we can paint your oak mantle. Doesn’t the black mantle go better with the black in the brick and the black fireplace insert?
And finally, let us tone down the grey color in your grout to make it browner.
It brings your brick fireplace into this decade….
Any look at how great it looks all done and decorated! (perhaps I should have blogged about this a little closer to Halloween. Oh well…..’tis the season for me being behind in my blog posts.)
Wow, outstanding difference! It’s subtle but speaks volumes.
An interesting take on updating brick without painting it. Nice!
that DOES make such a difference! I love what you did!
I love what you have done! I have a floor to ceiling brick fireplace that I’m having the hardest time figuring out what to do with..thank you for the great idea! JenT
I love it… i wish i had a fireplace! Great transformation!!! Hope you had a good weekend 🙂
I painted my mantel black years ago… Have loved it ever since.
This one looks great too!
You are magic. I’ve been trying to persuade my husband into agreeing with my fireplace ideas for years — painting, covering with molding, etc. We have a fireplace exactly like the one in this post, and he wanted it to remain exactly like it was. Anyway — YOUR MAGIC WORKED! He agreed. Now, may I ask one question, Jennifer? Did you use a dark brown glaze and just play with it until you got your desired effect? HUGS HUGS AND MORE HUGS….HE LOVES IT AND SO DO I!!!!!!!!!
Love this transformation! It’s so hard to some to realize that you CAN change up the look of brick! Thanks for showing us this great change!
Ahh, the miracle of a litle glaze and stain & seal!
Can you do this to exterior brick?! Love how you think outside the box!
Jennifer, I’ve featured this fireplace renovation as part of my “Bookmarked on the Boardwalk” post today. You can see it here: http://www.bobbypinsboardwalk.com/2010/12/bookmarked-on-boardwalk.html. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration!
Great links. I really like it. Its right that It is really interesting to take on updating brick without painting.
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Hi , Love the fireplace! How did you darken the mortar lines? Chuck
This is a wonderful transformation. I’ve featured it on my blog Tutorials and Patterns. Grab a “featured” button if you like.