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WHN600

03:02PM | 10/09/04
Member Since: 10/08/04
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We just bought a home with a red-brick fireplace that clashes with the color of our new carpet. From all the reading I have done on various sites, it seems that painting is not the way to go and covering it with tile or stone is not an option at this time. My idea is to just sponge on some slightly diluted white satin-finish latex paint (like we're using on the woodwork) to soften the color of the brick. Is there any reason this won't work? I know brick is extremely porous so I would think the result would look something like "used brick," and be low maintenance.

5slb6

05:28PM | 10/09/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1358 lifetime posts
The sponging sounds like good idea and if it does not look what you want just paint the fireplace. I did that several years ago and have not had any trouble at all.

WHN600

10:19PM | 10/09/04
Member Since: 10/08/04
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My concern is that most of the posts I have read say painting is not a good idea and it cannot be reversed if we don't like the results. I'm hoping someone who has tried the sponging idea can tell me if it will achieve the look I want.
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