03:02PM | 10/09/04
Member Since: 10/08/04
2 lifetime posts
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.


05:28PM | 10/09/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 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.


10:19PM | 10/09/04
Member Since: 10/08/04
2 lifetime posts
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.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon