Bridget Navarro wondered what to do with her dingy reddish-brown brick fireplace. She described the fireplace as looking “old and dirty”, definitely not what you’d want in the middle of your family room.
She and her husband discussed stoning over the brick but reconsidered after getting an estimate for over a thousand dollars. Bridget explained that they had a smaller fireplace in their bedroom that she had whitewashed.
“We thought about whitewashing the living room fireplace but we really wanted a different look than that. We didn’t just want to paint it either. We wanted to keep the look of real brick.”
After searching online, Bridget came across the Brick-Anew paint kit.
“It took a couple of weeks for me to talk myself into placing the order but the price looked good since everything was included in the kit to do the project. My husband figured if the Brick-Anew didn’t work out , we could go back to our first plan to renovate with stone.”
Bridget did the project herself, using the Brick-Anew paint twilight taupe color, and it only took one day. Now, after the fireplace is finished, Bridget is happy with the beautiful results and her husband is especially happy with all the money they saved. The outdated dingy brick now looks fresh with a new and adds a modern vibe to their living room.
We are proud of you, Bridget…you did a fantastic job!!
Erin decided her dingy, red fireplace needed some major improvements before fall. She wanted to keep the look of real brick, so just slapping on a coat of paint just wouldn’t do. She discovered the Brick-Anew brick painting system and this is what she had to say:
“Thanks for all your help! The great part about Brick A New is the support. We called to ask questions and advice and were given helpful suggestions. I would also recommend using the sponge for the 3rd, 4th and 5th steps. We have already received many compliments and my parents want me to help them paint their fireplace. “
I love the clean, fresh contemporary look Erin achieved. The white mantel and light colored walls work well with the lighter-colored bricks. Brick-Anew fireplace brick paint can transform an ordinary fireplace into a fabulous fireplace in just a few hours.
Check out the pictures below.
Here is her fireplace BEFORE:
And here is her fireplace AFTER! The brick is a lighter color but still has the “real brick” look. Erin got rid of the old, outdated look of the brass doors by using black spray paint. Now the fireplace has a fresh new look and is just waiting for the first fall fire!
Need help with Brick-Anew Fireplace Paint or Fireplace Glass Doors? Call us at 800-897-7175.
The warmer weather doesn’t always prompt thoughts of sitting in front of a cozy fire, but if you are considering adding or making a change to a fireplace in your home, now might be the right time to start thinking about that new or improved wood-burning or gas fireplace.
Continuing our series of conversations with our favorite bloggers, this week we turn to withHEART.com to learn more about the blog’s founder, and what makes her blog so popular. Here’s our Q and A interview:
First of all, I LOVE the name of this blog. I was so disappointed when I first came across this blog, I thought to myself “darn, that is a great name.” And of course, it is a GREAT blog, too! So, after noticing this *charming* blog, I decided it would be perfect for a Q and A post, and contacted blogger Lisa DeNardi Galati, to learn more about her blog, what got her interested in blogging, DIY, and decor!
If you love blogs for the eye candy–beautiful images, design, great visual storytelling–then this blog is a must-see for you!
At Brick-Anew we love blogs, and we love bloggers, too! That’s why we particularly enjoy getting to know some of the bloggers behind our favorites.
Today we’re sharing a Q and A post we just completed with blogger Amber Stidham, the creative genius behind LOVEofDIY.com. In addition to being an accomplished DIY afficianado, Amber is also a graphic designer and artist (not to mention a wife and mom).
Here’s Amber’s story:
BA: Where did you get the idea for LOVE of DIY—what triggered your desire to create the blog and share your world?
LOVEofDIY: I love design and creating design concepts.
My best friend Meg has a well-established food blog name Beard and Bonnet. She encouraged me to start documenting the projects I do by taking pictures, so that the projects can be shared on my own blog.
BA: What makes you so passionate about creating, finding new projects?
LOVEofDIY: Being an artist, I find that it helps me to do different creative projects rather than just creating art. I am a mixed media artist, so combining mediums is something I am very comfortable with.
BA: How do you go about choosing projects for yourself? What makes a project exciting for you?
LOVEofDIY: I love to repurpose things instead of throwing them out if I can help it. Most of my projects are reclaiming an object I already have. My friend Marci has started bringing me items she does not need anymore. I love the challenge of thinking up new uses for those items. Wither its glass jars or tins they can serve as something they were not initially made for.
BA: A lot of our readers are looking for ways to make their fireplace stand out in a room redesign or update. How would you approach a redesign or design challenge in a room with a fireplace? Have you ever found any exciting or unique items, or created anything that would fit well above a mantel?
LOVEofDIY: I have an old home that has an out of commission fire place in the living room. It was black when I move with a white mantel and the fire place was open.
Right away I painted the mantel and bricks a medium warm gray. I closed in the open fire place with an antique tin square I found at my favorite local antique/oddity store, Born Again Antiques.
BA: In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing someone when starting a home project or update, or DIY project?
LOVEofDIY: Where to start and if they should try to DIY it or pay someone to do.
BA: What are your best tips and advice for people who want to tackle a DIY, home reno, crafts, or home decor project on their own?
LOVEofDIY: If you have no experience with the type of project you want to tackle you should definitely research and test your materials. Even better, find someone who can guide you through the project with their experience.
BA: What is the most frequently asked question you get from your audience?
LOVEofDIY: They ask how I come up with the projects. I think creative thinkers forget that someone who is not a concept design type of person will not necessarily just know how to do something that may come easily us.
BA: What is the #1 question your clients, readers, viewers, followers, fans should be asking you?
LOVEofDIY: Maybe how they can use a technique I share in one project for a different type of project or purpose. That would make for an interesting feedback answer.
BA: What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned along the way?
LOVEofDIY: It is never as easy as you think it will be! EVER!!!! It takes so long to gather the materials, document, take pictures of the stages, design the post, share on social media and repost to Hometalk (not to mention all the technical website up keep). I always feel there could be more explanation or maybe I over explained.
BA: Which item that you’ve found, restored, repurposed or created resonates most with you, and why?
LOVEofDIY: I really enjoyed the floral arrangement posts I did last. Getting to get out of the house and see what is happening in my own backyard is really inspiring to me. Even more cool, is getting to use greenery or flowers from my yard to make an arrangement or garland. Gives me a good feeling to know It came from my yard and not a store.
BA: Which types of projects do you find the most challenging? Which have made you think twice about doing them after you had started?
LOVEofDIY: I have yet to post an entry on lotion making (except the lotion bars which are not as difficult), mainly because I could only get my first batch to take. I never blog about anything I have not done several times before. I guess feel a responsibility to give viewer a good experience. I would hate for them to spend the money that did on all those batches of lotion. We won’t even go there!
We hope you enjoyed today’s visit with Amber! For more DIY inspiration and creative ideas, check out her blog for yourselves, at LOVEofDIY.com. We highly recommend it!
Not sure, but I think it could actually–and finally–be spring! And with spring (and summer) come a lot more opportunities to spend more time outdoors recreating, with an added focus on our outdoor environments. If you’re looking for some ways to optimize the time you spend outside during these warmer months, why not think about adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit?