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Brick Fireplace: To Paint or Not to Paint?

White Painted Fireplace

Image from Maiedae.

Woaaahhhh buddy it’s so fun to be in a house where you can paint things and smash walls and rip out linoleum if you don’t like it! Apartment after apartment had really gotten me into the mindset of not being able to change things up a whole lot, but this is an entirely new ball of wax, gang. It’s so fun to daydream about the changes that we want to make on the house, and start to switch things up little by little. Our newest debate: painting the brick fireplace.

I love fireplaces. Looooooove fireplaces. I used to beg my dad to stock our house with firewood and I was always the one who set the fires up and kept them going. It’s just so cozy and so… good. So I’m pretty pumped to be back in a house with a fireplace. The thing is, with the other updates we are making on the house, the fireplace is looking a little -ahem- rustic. Not that I don’t love rustic. But you know. Here’s a little behind-the-scenes fireplace snap from our house a couple of weeks ago:

brick fireplace

So how do you feel about slapping a beautiful coat of paint on an original brick fireplace? Brilliant? Blasphemy? I know there are definitely two camps here, and I’d love to get your thoughts. Do you have a fireplace that you’ve painted and loved (or hated)? Some of the inspiration I’m finding around the web is just beautiful, and I think it would make a world of difference in our space. And then, what do you paint it? White? Black? A color? Help me here, peeps! xoxo

Black Painted Fireplace

Image from The Brick House.

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22 thoughts on “Brick Fireplace: To Paint or Not to Paint?

  1. Honed slate tile! Modern gloss large format tile! It could be reversed if ever desired. Paint can’t be and I always look at a painted fireplace and think, ew, it’s coated, not a real natural solid substance—

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