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.
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