The Secret to a Perfect Painted Fireplace

White chalk paint is brushed on to update a dingy and dirty brick fireplace and lighten and modernize the whole room!
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When we moved into our Texas home in 2016, we were awed by the large double-sided fireplace that connected our living room and sunroom. What I wasn't awed by however, was how dark, dirty and dingy the brick looked on the living room side.

I knew it would be beautiful and brighten the overall feel of the room if I painted the fireplace white. But the family said no.

But it looked SO bad, and one day while trying to clean it, I decided to just see what it would look like with a little white paint on it. So armed with a solo cup and a little  white chalk paint, I set out to experiment on my brick fireplace. I came up with a method that I think is foolproof for anyone looking to update and modernize their brick or stone fireplace!

The rest, as they say, is history! It turned out amazing, everyone loved it and it became a showstopper in our home! So many of you have followed my tips and shared your beautiful painted fireplaces with me.

If you're someone who is longing for an updated stone or brick fireplace but is afraid to do it, I hope you'll visit my step by step tutorial at  Using Chalk Paint to Update a Brick Fireplace. You can read my tips and tricks for getting the best results, plus you can see the before and after images from several of my viewers who followed my not-so-secret tips and ended up with fireplaces that they love!

I hope to see you there! Make sure you leave a comment and tell me where you're from and what your fireplace issues are! I hope I can help.

Updating our dingy fireplace with chalk paint is the project that I'm sharing this week for our weekly series Home & Decor Encore. A group of friends search their archives and pick the best of the best projects to share each week. Big thanks to Doreen at Hymns & Verses & Lori at The Stonybrook House for organizing this group.

This week, Doreen is sharing how to make a corn shuck wreath, Lori is sharing how to turn a laundry room into a mudroom, Cristina is sharing how to install a marble backsplash, Christy is sharing her fall home tour and Marty is sharing a mini kitchen remodel. Some really great ideas this week, I hope you visit them all (simply click the blue link in the title to be taken straight to each project!).

Hymns and Verses | How to Make a Corn Shock Wreath

The Stonybrook House | Laundry Room Transformed to Mud Room

Remodelacasa | How to Install a Marble Backsplash

Our Southern Home | Fall Home Tour

A Stroll Thru Life | Mini Kitchen Remodel

DIY Beautify | Chalk Paint Brick Fireplace

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