Fabulous Fireplace Makeover

A contractor contacted me several months ago about refurbishing the dated, brick fireplace in a flip he was doing. He and his wife searched for fireplace makeovers on-line and a photo of a fireplace makeover I did a while back came up in the search. Noticing that I was local — right in the same town he and his wife lived in — he immediately called me to ask me if I would makeover the fireplace. He wanted the fireplace to blend into the neutral gray and white color scheme and loved the fact that it wasn’t just paint.

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After

We cleaned the fireplace by with TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) which is the best way to remove soot. Next a coat of white primer created the blank slate needed to complete this transformation. Several coats of a stone plaster product were applied over that with a trowel. We used several Benjamin Moore paint colors mixed with glaze, Coventry Gray, Stonington and a mixture of White Dove and Stonington, and applied then with a sea sponge. The grout lines were painted with the White Dove. Two coats of a matte polyurethane were brushed on for protection. The results are dramatic, and the fireplace got rave reviews from everyone who came to the open house

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