This fireplace makeover was such a fun, quick, and easy weekend project. I am extremely pleased with how it turned out and can’t wait to show you.
The fireplace was one of our favorite features of the house when we first bought it. The thoughts of many nights snuggling up with my family next to a warm fire bombarded my mind as soon as I laid eyes on this huge fireplace.
I did however know I would want to give it a makeover once. I was okay with the white color but wasn’t in love with it. Since I want the fireplace to be the main focal point, I decided I wanted to paint the fireplace BLACK.
Picking out the best paint for the fireplace
We went with the color Black Magic by Sherwin Williams in an eggshell sheen. We decided to go with eggshell because I wanted the fireplace to have a matte look to it but has some durability to it.
- Flat paint is matte but is the hardest to maintain. Even though I don’t think I will need to scrub my fireplace often I still want it to withstand a good scrub if needed.
- Satin is a very durable paint but does not give off quite the matte look that I am going for. Since Satin has a higher gloss/ luster to it compared to Eggshell it shows flaws more than eggshell or flat paint but is way more concealing than semi-gloss or glossy paints. Satin is still a great paint option for fireplaces though.
- Eggshell paint finish is right in between flat and satin which is why I choose it. It has done an amazing job at hiding any of the flaws in the brick as well as giving off a gorgeous matte look.
So as you can see there were several things that we took into consideration when choosing the best paint for the fireplace. The two biggest things being which would give me a matte look and durability. Because let’s be honest, even though you shouldn’t need to heavily clean the fireplace, my kids ALWAYS find ways to get stuff dirty.
- Concrete, Block, and Brick Paint Roller
- 1″ multipurpose paintbrush
- painters tape
- utility cloth to wipe down the fireplace and clean up any paint
RECOMMENDED TOOLS: This from Lowes is great for painting a brick fireplace.
How we painted our fireplace
- Brian pulled out any nails and screws that were in the brick. All the command hooks that we used to hang our Christmas stocking were still up so we took those down as well. Brian also removed the shoe trim surrounding the bottom of the hearth since it was old and busted anyway.
- Then we wiped down any grime or dirty spots using goo gone spray and all the dust and cobwebs using a dry cloth. We also vacuumed the hearth of any debris from pulling out the screws.
- And then the fun part, painting the fireplace.
TIP: If you have a hard time getting into tiny holes or cracks, use a q-tip!
The paint seemed to go on very easily and quickly. I think the white paint acted as a primer which made painting the fireplace easier. We did two coats total. It looked great after just one coat but to be safe we did another.
I am in love with the black fireplace! It’s a perfect combination of bold and moody yet cozy. We plan on painting the rest of the living room white so I cant wait to see the contrast of the black fireplace with the walls. Next project on our list to make our own fireplace mantle. The other plan for the fireplace is to add a stenciled designed to the top of the hearth.
What do you think of black fireplaces? Would you prefer white or black, comment below!