Brick Fireplace Update by Leslie Stocker

Brick Fireplace Update by Leslie Stocker

Does no one know what bricks are?

We were looking for bricks at the local home improvement stores and none of the clerks knew what bricks were. They kept sending me to their pile of pavers. Apparently the newest generation of home improvers doesn't use brick any more. As a matter of fact, if you do an online search for bricks, this is what you come up with: pavers, concrete blocks, bullnoses…Bullnoses? What's bullnose?
I finally found a clerk at Home Depot that knew what an actual brick was (without me having to describe them and getting the blank deer caught in your headlights kind of look). She said you have to order them because no one carries them any more. Um, OK. I guess the world is changing in many ways, including the most basic ways. A brick? I just can't believe someone wouldn't know what a brick is…

Did you know brick can be painted?

My FB friend, Leslie Stocker @ Colorways has an 80's fireplace that needed updating:
Leslie Stocker Fireplace {Love My DIY Home}
Leslie applied a lime wash with Pure & Original’s Fresco Lime paint; the results are quite dramatic.
Environmentally friendly, lime paint is a centuries-old finish used as early as 1500 BC. ‘Fresco’ is Italian for ‘working wet’ and is best known in fresco wall murals throughout Europe.
Read about her method on her blog, Colorways. I have used Pure & Original on a project before – I painted my mom's old dresser for a contest, "A Family Dresser Rescue" and loved the quality.

Here is her "AFTER" picture:

Leslie Stocker Fireplace {Love My DIY Home}
Pretty amazing?
She also painted the brass trim on the fireplace screen with (affiliate) Rustoleum's High Heat Protective enamel, Satin Black.
Leslie Stocker Fireplace {Love My DIY Home}
There is no reason to be "stuck" with parts of your home that are outdated. Leslie here shows us there is always a way to change our surroundings to fit our personal style. Visit Leslie at Colorways for more inspiration. Thanks, Leslie, for letting me share your project!
If you are looking for mantle inspiration, (aff links) Wayfair has some unique home decor. I just became an affiiate of Wayfair and was quite surprised at how affordable some of their items were.

(afflink) Pier 1 Imports is also a good option. I found some (afflink) super cute bunnies at Pier 1 that would be adorable on a mantle. Here's one of them…


Cute Bunny for on Your Manle {Love My DIY Home}
Isn't that just the cutest thing?
Leave me a comment below – I'd like to hear about your fireplaces and how you've decorated them for the upcoming season.
NOTE: Due to many questions, I contacted Pure & Original to get more information. Here are Helene's answers:
"Lime paint is beautiful on interior brick.
Bare brick, natural stone or slate (not coated with any kind of product)
As long as the surface is free of fat, dust and is solid (no loose parts), Fresco will adhere without using our special primer. If you dilute the Fresco (2-3 parts water : 1 part Fresco) you can create a beautiful lime wash. Or full coverage if you dilute it with the regular amount of water.
Brick, natural stone or natural slate covered with a coating (paint, lacquer)
Can also be painted with Fresco, but our special primer is needed for good adherence. So a transparent lime wash is not an option in that case.
Fresco will adhere on exterior brick, but it is not tested on weather and air pollution circumstances since it is an interior product. So we do not recommend it for exterior use. For that we have Kalei, a special exterior paint, Kalei is only available on special order in the USA."
Homemade Chalk Paint {Love My DIY Home}BTW, I have a free PDF of 4 Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes I can send you via email if you sign-up for my monthly DIY newsletter. Feel free to unsubscribe after you get the PDF if you aren't interested in DIY tips, no worries. I'm here to help. If you have questions or comments, feel free to share below.
I also have a FB Furniture Flipping forum if your interests lend themselves to redesigning, updating or restoring furniture. We are forming a community and you are welcome to join us.
Until next time…
Be amazing,
DIY in Every Area of Your Life {Love My DIY Home}

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  1. Kathy.fields :

    LOVE the fireplace!!! What color LIME PAINT did you use and where do you purchase it? I have a friend that could really use that facelift for his fireplace????

  2. Audrey Paulsen :

    Love the fireplace.  I have black slate around my fireplace that I don't want remove, do you think it will work on slate?

  3. I have a fireplace about same size. How much paint did you use. I want to make sure to have enough on hand since I have to order online. Love the look!

  4. Did you need a coat of seeling or wax? To give it wet style. 

  5. Hi! Thanks for the great info. Do you know if this paint can be ordered or do you have to buy it in a store? Thanks!

  6. I promise, there are people who still know what bricks are! Check with your local brick/stone installation company — chances are, they sell their own product, so you can always buy from them for your DIY projects.

  7. I just bought a 1924 craftsman style home with a red brick fireplace.  It's original to the house so I have mixed feelings about painting it or giving it any kind of wash. What are your thoughts on making such a permanent change to an old house?

    • I wouldn’t give it a second thought. I’m a firm believer in making our home reflect our own style, even if it’s unique. Life is short. Enjoy it. Things are just things. 🙂

      • I agree.  You're not tearing the fireplace out and replacing it with stainless steel and glass, you're just enhancing the beauty!  Go for it!  I think the house will even enjoy a fresh look!  And the old will shine through!

  8. Cecilia Van Winkle :

    Do you have a tutorial on the application process and the tools used to apply the paint?

  9. Shirli Goodman :

    How can I get this look with the brick on the outside of my home?

    • You should contact the company and ask! I’ve wondered the same thing, if it would hold up. Since it becomes part of the brick, I’m thinking it would be good. But don’t quote me!

  10. I have a newer home and I'm not blessed with any indoor brick walls.  My husband and I have been seaching for whitewashed brick paneling, but have come up empty handed.  Does anyone know if it is safe to lime wash brick paneling?  I saw a thing on Pinterest that showed using spackling, but it rubs off and you have to seal it, and my husband doesn't want to try that method.  What about the chalk paint?  Would that work?

    • I painted regular painting years ago with latex paint twice and it held up fine. I would think chalk paint would be even better but then you’d want to seal it. Try Benjamin Moore Advance – it’s good stuff and you don’t have to seal that.

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