It will look pretty, that’s what! Brick inside a house brings a rustic and warm feel with it that I just love. The trouble is, not all brick is lovely to look at. Some of it can be down right ugly! If you find yourself afflicted with generally unattractive brick, paint is a simple way to improve it. I’m going to give you two examples of this, one of fake brick, the second of real brick.
My work shop walls had some troubling issues, termite damage for one, and ugliness for another. I decided I wanted a nice statement wall on one end of the room, so we procured some fake brick paneling from the hardware store.
I didn’t think it was all that nice of a color, or the slightest bit realistic looking, but I had a plan. First, I filled in the grout with white paint, which was easy to do with a small paint brush.
Then I dry brushed several shades of white on the bricks in as uneven a manner as I could manage. I followed up with black to add dimension. Dry brushing is very easy, you just want to scratch the surface with your paint brush. The paint will catch in the grooves, leaving you with a weathered look.
That vastly improved my rather sad, fake looking brick into a nice, fairly realistic focal point. It’s the little touch of unexpected fun in this room that makes the room feel special to me, just like I was talking about yesterday.
I did something similar to my fireplace brick. It had a pinkish hue to it that I did not like a single bit. I felt like it didn’t do the fireplace justice. Disregard the mess if you please (and the creepy quality picture, my house really isn’t haunted that I know of), this was while we were ripping out carpet.
I watered down some white paint until it was the consistency of water. I used a sponge to dab it on unevenly, then I dry brushed black paint in random places. It made the whole fireplace seem larger and grander. (White walls around it didn’t hurt anything either!)
There’s a built in brick bench in this same room that I did to match, which I’ll be showing you later. Brick has such beautiful texture and interest. To me, it’s like adding built in artwork to a room to make “the bones” as pretty as you can. (You can find the pumpkin art on the mantel HERE.) I know a lot of people view brick like they do wood (or pianos), don’t paint it ever! I say if it’s ugly, make it pretty! What do you think? Is brick painting a DIY transgression?
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