I finally started working on our family room. After much debate, research, and brainstorming I finally just decided to paint the fireplace. If the brick were a "prettier" brick, I would not have painted. I typically like natural-type decor but this brick was just not pretty at all. I also looked into changing the front or facade of the fireplace but since it is raised up and not level with the floor, we just couldn't find a way to do it.
First thing I did was to vacuum all of the dust from the fireplace.
Then I wiped down the whole thing.
I just used primer and paint that I already had. I read several articles saying to use this paint or that paint but before going out and investing more money, I thought I'd take a chance on these.
I primed the fireplace and the mantel. I gave it 2 coats.
I then painted it with a paint called Heavy Cream.
Next step is to pain the wall behind the fireplace a green.
Then, I'd like to build something like this:
I want the unit to take up the whole wall and let the green show through in between the shelves.