Friday, June 17, 2011

Fireplace Makeover!

I hated the yellowy glossy color that the fireplace used to be so i wanted to paint it white to match the panels in the adjacent room.  I first cleaned all the brick with a brush to make sure there's no dust or cob webs.  Then i scrubbed down the firebox with soap and water first then sprayed it with a TSP solution that I got from The Home Depot (This took forever!).  Make sure you have one of those huge sponges to absorb all "blackened" liquid and wash it as you go.  Then I Caulked parts of the interior that were missing grout with a fire resistant masonry caulk and let it dry overnight.  The next day i painted it two coats of Ultra Pure White from Behr in an eggshell finish.  You'll need to paint it with a roll first and then fill in the holes and cracks with a brush then smooth it out again with a roll.  Here's what it looked like and what it looks like for now.

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