To see what your fireplace would look like when sealed, fill a spray bottle with water and cover a section of your fireplace with it. Keep in mind that many of the sealants won’t have the ‘sheen’ that water makes, but will create the ‘depth of colour’.
If your stone/brick doesn’t change colour, it has likely already been sealed. You may notice that there are many woods, furniture styles, stones and clothing fads that keep coming back in style, however, you don’t see many bricks being resurrected from the record books.So, don’t be afraid to paint your brick and here’s how you can do it. You need to use water based primer – NOT OIL BASED. Using a latex paint (satin finish is appropriate for brick) and a nice thick nappy roller, apply the paint to the brick.While you can apply lacquer/varathane as a finishing coat, I personally haven’t found it necessary as this product has held up very well on many different surfaces in my home.These tiles were installed OVER the old porcelain tile – no muss no fuss!Oil primers will prevent the brick from breathing – as we all know, breathing is essential. Once you’ve rolled it on, use a brush to fill in the grout areas that did not get hit by the roller.
You’ll save yourself a lot of work doing it this way rather than cutting in ALL of the grout lines first and then rolling.
Have you been wanting to make a change, but can’t afford a full fireplace makeover?
If so, then get ready to give your fireplace a swift kick in the ash…
The stockings are hung by the chimney, but who cares? Its boring profile may have looked pretty festive for holidays past, but we all know that sagging shelf's barely fit to foot a mug of eggnog.
The chimney is permanent, but the mantel's just a front.
No space = no grout = 1 less step for the not-so-handy homeowner! Menards pricing is considerably higher than what they sold it for here in Nanaimo, so do some shopping around to see if you can find better pricing.