I have a fireplace and the brick are UGLY. They were mismatched colors of
brick that were stained brown to make them match. They match too well, the
color is very monotone without the normal variations you find in brick.
Even the mortar is the same color as the brick. I may color this black and
see if this helps.
I have been thinking of just painting them or maybe use some of the
techniques for painting faux brick to bring them to a normal looking
appearance. Ive seen kits and books for sell but I was hoping I could find
something less expensive(free).
Any opinions or suggestions would be considered and appeciated.
We did a similar process in our old house. The brick fireplace was just as
ugly as you describe.
However, we did bring in a lady who was an expert in the field to do the
real work. She not only did a faux-style paint job, she had a mixture that
contained some sort of silicon sand or something, so the final result looked
like sandstone, complete with texture and "sparkle".
It wasn't free, but her work was fairly priced, judged by the result. We
figured we'd be looking at it every day, so cheap wasn't our main priority.
I'd check around and ask to see some portfolios. At best you'll find
someone who can do the job reasonably priced. At worst, you'll see what you
want your end result to look like.
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