Can you believe it? The same fireplace in in both these pictures, and no structural changes were made… just a little bit of paint and fabric… and elbow grease.
Yes, this is what they started out with:
A dull red brick fireplace with a brassy insert.
I do believe the brick and the built-in cabinets flanking each side of the fireplace are original to this antique bungalow, however, the brassy gold fireplace insert is not. I would guess it dates to the early 70’s.
But our young couple is on a budget, so to speak, and as the fireplace door seemed to work just fine, they just were brassy ugly.
So she painted them with high heat black paint! (see links below for sources for paint and the best primer to use on brick like this!)
And while she was in the painting mood…
When she finished the doors, she painted the brick too! Using a tone on tone approach, the brick brackets and vertical base she did in a slightly darker shade of the main brick part.
Then to have real storage inside the glass cabinets and avoid having to do some cosmetic carpentry repair if left with just the see-through glass doors, she covered the inside of the glass doors with fabric.
The color is perfect for their selected palette in their home, and the pattern is exactly what could have been seen when this antique bungalow was first built almost a century ago.
The brick hearth was left in its original condition to reveal its wonderful color and texture and impressed trademarks.
Here are more ideas for fireplace facelifts and wall treatments:
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