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PostSubject: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:38 pm

After 11 years of living in our 1979 Colonial, I could look at the wall of chocolate brown brick of our fireplace no longer. It was literally sucking all the life out of my family room! After much research, I decided to attempt painting it. I still wanted it to look like brick though...I didn't want it to just be solid paint over brick. So I decided to 'faux' it. I am pleased with the results, and we officially have a 'new' room!

This is the Before...talk about DARK!




It took an entire weekend, but I feel like the labor was worth it in the long run!








There are a few bricks that I'm not thrilled with that I need to lighten, but overall it's done! I'd love to put a new wood burning stove insert in there...ours is ugly (hence the fireplace screen) and the new ones are made so much better too. But we just had to buy a furnace, so I suppose that'll have to wait!


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:41 pm

Wow! What a difference that made!

It looks great Amy!


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:42 pm

Wow! That looks fabulous, Amy! You did a great job!
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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:50 pm

Thanks Carol and Savannah! I'm pretty happy with it....sure was cheaper than refacing it with stone!

LOL, I just noticed that from a distance the 'path' in my picture looks kind of like a ghost or something! grinsmiley


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:14 pm

You did a wonderful job Amy.....it will truly make you want to be in that room more now that it is brighter........ Applause



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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:19 pm

Great job, Amy! It looks so much warmer now. Applause
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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:19 pm

Thanks Rhonda---definitely!! That room has a sliding glass door, so it gets enough sunlight, but that dumb dark brick was soaking it all up! Bill is going to build me some bookcases on either side of the fireplace too....when it will happen, I don't know, but I'm putting the pressure on! Wink


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:31 pm

Rob wrote:
Great job, Amy! It looks so much warmer now. Applause

Thank you Rob! I almost can't wait until winter to have a fire in the fireplace and snuggle up! Almost. Wink

Hopefully the paint doesn't peel off, from the heat. I've read some people who've said theirs has. But most of the DIY-ers say that if you use a very diluted paint (stain consitency), it should be fine. Hopefully! The first faux technique, BTW, is paint, and when that was done I decided it was too bright, so I added a stain and wiped it off. It's the stain that is giving the 'warm' appearance. Here is a pic of the process....you can see the left is lighter, which IMO looked more fake as well.



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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:30 pm

I love it, Amy!! It looks very natural. You did an amazing job! Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:32 pm

WOW it looks Wonderful Are you sure you did it? Laughing


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:56 pm

Awesome job, Amy! It looks wonderful and the lighter color certainly makes a huge difference.


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:53 am

Wow Amy! You did a great job. Two thumbs up!! Thumbsup Thumbsup I love the new look...much brighter but still has that warm feeling to it. I could get really cozy in front of it. Wink I also love that painting on the mantle. I love a painting with some kind of a river stream, a path or a road going across...makes my mind wonder where the "path" would take me...know what I mean? I think the bookcases on both sides would look perfect...makes the fireplace look embraced in...I love that!!



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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:19 am

It looks beautiful, Amy!! You did a great job!


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:10 am

Thank you so much everyone! :peace:


JW wrote:
WOW it looks Wonderful Are you sure you did it? Laughing

Hard to believe, huh?! Laughing

Lily wrote:
Wow Amy! You did a great job. Two thumbs up!! Thumbsup Thumbsup I love the new look...much brighter but still has that warm feeling to it. I could get really cozy in front of it. Wink I also love that painting on the mantle. I love a painting with some kind of a river stream, a path or a road going across...makes my mind wonder where the "path" would take me...know what I mean? I think the bookcases on both sides would look perfect...makes the fireplace look embraced in...I love that!!

>>Thanks Lily! And yeah, I love a painting with a path too. My grandparents had a large oil painting above their couch when I was a little girl that I loved, of a path in the woods. I am still looking for that perfect painting for above the fireplace that is like that. In the meantime, this print is a nice 'homage' to them. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:39 am

Great job, Amy and what a difference!




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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:27 am

Thank you Maureen!


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:51 pm

It's amazing how it can totally change the look and feel of the room, especially since the fireplace is most likely the focal point of the room.


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:37 pm

Yep, it is the focal point...you come in off the kitchen, and you go down a step into a sunken family room, and it's not that big either...I would love to knock out a wall! I still can't get used to the new look---the room looks so much bigger!


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:02 pm

And brighter too!!

What do Bill and the boys think of it?


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:54 am

That looks awesome, Amy! It really makes a difference.


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:03 pm

Thanks Lori! Teresa, they LOVE it. Funny story though, Bill came in at the end of a long day (like 10pm) from work, and I was still working on it, and he didn't really seem to notice it. :unsure: I got really hurt feelings, LOL (I mean, how could you NOT notice your fireplace was no longer almost BLACK?!), and then he was like "OH!! The fireplace is painted!" Then he just said, "Looks good hon". Ahem, not the reaction I was really going for! It took him another day; he truly needed to get used to the change before he could 'embrace' it. Bill LOVES dark colors (the man could live in a dungeon), so he never really minded the dark brick! But he absolutely loves it now! And Nick hasn't seen it yet...he's at band camp and gets home tomorrow. He's my right hand man when it comes to decorating (good eye!) and he's excited to see it. Bren could care less, LOL, and was the one who thought I was totally going to ruin our fireplace. He should know I've watched enough HGTV by now! grinsmiley Anywho, he has since eaten his words and is pleasantly surprised. Wink


LOL, sorry that response got a little long! :unsure:


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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:34 pm

Bravo! Come do mine now. I'm not liking mine now. It needs something else. Also I have a brass insert in my fireplace and I really want it to look like wrought iron.
Guess I will tackle that this fall....hopefully before Santa comes! :xmastree:




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PostSubject: Re: Before and After   Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:43 pm

Thanks Gin! LOL, you know I would if I could!! Seriously, this is not as complicated as it looks, just VERY time consuming, so if you have the patience, you can do this! I am going to do my mom's probably next weekend (thank goodness she has a smaller brick section!), and she has a brass insert too. We are going to take that out and spray it with a heat resistant spray paint in a bronzey color. Not sure if the black 'textured' spray paint I've seen comes in 'heat resistant', but if so, that could give you a look very similar to wrought iron!


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