Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Zibra. Paint was provided by Behr. All opinions are my own.
I’m so happy to finally be done with our family room makeover. (If you missed the reveal, you can check it out here.) Today, let’s talk about the fireplace makeover. This was actually the second makeover I’ve given the fireplace.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane… (Oh, and stay tuned for a Zibra Paintbrush gift set giveaway at the end of this post!)
This is what the fireplace looked like when we first moved in. The red brick didn’t do anything to brighten up this drab space.
Shortly after we moved in, I whitewashed the brick, which did help brighten the room, but after living with it for a while we decided we wanted it even brighter.
I decided to play around in Photoshop to see what our fireplace and mantel would look like. I wanted the brick to be brighter, and I wanted the mantel to be a dark charcoal not-quite-black-but-dark-gray shade. This is what I came up with when I designed the moodboard for the room.
To bring this vision to life, I painted the brick a more opaque bright white (Behr White 52 is the color, in an Eggshell finish) using my favorite paintbrushes by Zibra, and I also primed and painted the mantel (Behr Cracked Pepper in Satin finish).
Since the brick had previously been painted, it only took one coat to achieve the coverage I really wanted.
If you’re painting raw brick though, you may need a couple of coats since the brick is porous and it will absorb some of the paint. I used my Zibra Chiseled Wedge brush for the main part of the brick, and my Angled Brush for the edges. I used Behr Marquee paint in White 52.
I absolutely love the Chiseled Wedge brush. It holds a TON of paint and gives amazing coverage.
Here’s a look at the difference between the new paint job (top) and the whitewashed brick (bottom).
And here it is completely painted.
As for the mantel, I used my Zibra Angled brush for most of it, my Zibra Triangle Brush for corners and trim, and a few cotton swabs to get in the tiny crevices between the moulding. I primed with Zinsser first, and then painted with Behr Premium Plus in Cracked Pepper.
And here is the final result.
I’m loving the new, bolder look, and I wasn’t afraid to take a risk with the paint job since eventually we’d like to reface the whole fireplace and add a new mantel anyway.
I figure since this isn’t “forever,” it’s not so scary to try something different. Plus, it’s just paint anyway. It can always be changed. (See the entire room makeover here.)
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Love the fireplace and mantel makeover! Your living room is gorgeous! 🙂
I would want to try an angled brush – those are usually my favorite.
Kimberly G says
I would like to try the AirGlide Roller Frame.
I love your fireplace with the white paint. I also love to decorate in blues so you’ve had me hook on this makeover since you started.
The no tape edge and roll looks so helpful! No tape = less prep work and then you don’t have to worry about the paint bleeding through. Fantastic idea!
Erin Spain says
Carly Williams says
I would love to try the Chiseled Wedge brush.
Natalie Lyons says
I like the detail brushes
Julie W says
I want to try that palm pro shortie…my hands always cramp up with a longer handle on those big paint jobs.
the angled brushes are great
That chiseled wedge painters brush looks intriguing!
Gorgeous! It really does brighten up the space! Ive never heard of this brand of brushes, i paint all the time and would love to try them out!
Taylor Closet says
I would love to try the chiseled wedge brushes to get the tough spots, like the trimming.
Elizabeth A. says
I’d love to try to no tape edge-n-roll
Nathalie B. says
I would like to try an angled brush.
I love how the living room turn out…………..thanks for sharing.
chris aka monkey says
your room is stunning, I would love to have the 2″ chiseled wedge brush xx
I would love to have the triangle detail brush and the No Tape Edge-N-Roll.
Looks so much fresher with the new paint job!! I would love to experiment with all these specialty brushes. Thanks for all your inspiration!!
SONJA HANSEN says
I have never heard of or seen Zibra brushes. I am very fussy about using quality brushes, so I am anxious to learn more about Zibra brushes and perhaps even give them a try. Thanks.
Beautiful room! I love the fireplace- my fireplace was actually painted years ago.. it was my Nana’s home but she passed and so now it’s mine of course but I wonder if I could just paint over it? I would love to try the No Tape Edge-N-Roll- that would totally help me on the walls!
Ria Billings says
Love the look! I’ve been mulling over painting our fireplace white for sometime now and seeing how great yours looks, gives me courage to try. Our brick has a different look to it with long narrow rough textured bricks with wide spaces and cement grout in between. But Those brushes – especially the angled one looks like I’d be able to get in between those spaces and have it look like a pro did it.
the No Tape Edge-N-Roll
Nicole B. says
I would like to try the Half Round Brush for touch-ups.
Karen P. says
Your family room is beautiful! I love the blue. Zibra brushes are my favs.
kristin brown says
Your makeover is amazing! You did a great job from beginning to end. Love the attention to detail! Also, those curtains are fabulous!!!
Erin Spain says
Thank you so much, Kristin!
Mary Kaiser says
Would love to try the palm pro. It seems like maybe my hand wouldn’t go numb when I am painting with that brush in my hand. I can’t believe how thick those brushes are. Would love to win, I hope I am picked.
Mr. Grant says
Fabulous room makeover! You did an amazing work. You are so creative, I just love everything you did here. Very inspiring. You painted them like a pro and I should try using the Chiseled Wedge brush too. Thanks for sharing this.
Erin Spain says