Updating your fireplace

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Via My Repurposed Life A wood mantle is not necessarily a ‘good’ mantle.

If it’s outdated and doesn’t match your decor then it isn’t doing you any favours.

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.

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.

Whether it’s stain or paint, you need to sand it to remove the majority of the sheen.

If you don’t do this, the new finish may not stick as well.

It comes in 12 x 12 sheets meaning that if you pick the right pattern (square, not staggered), you will not even have to rent a tile cutter to install this product around your fireplace.

Via Design Lotus And with all of these update ideas, it never hurts to get a 2nd opinion if you are unsure of any of the above. There are the odd stone/brick products that don’t respond to water or sealing and this is usually because a) they are not natural products or b) they have already been sealed.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.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!

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