Warm Up White Fireplace Bricks Using Chalky Paints

I enjoy the Fire & Ice stones pretty much every night that are in my fireplace. I got them for my birthday. The color I chose is called "Coke bottle blue" and they look like small pieces of sea glass so I was sold! I started seeing a yellow tinge on the glossy white painted fireplace bricks (not a fan!) and it was bugging me. 

Yellow stains on white glossy brick fireplace

While sitting by the fire one night, I started googling "white painted fireplaces". My searches kept coming up with how to paint red brick fireplaces white. I thought "I'll just paint my solid white bricks varying colors to look like bricks!". I didn't want the look of natural red brick since our place is beach decor. I decided to forego my original plan of using a paintbrush and switched to using sponges so I could get more texture and keep some of the white showing through. The Chalky Paints palette I used was in gray and taupe tones. To be more specific, I used Manatee GraySeal Gray, Sand Dollar, Sandcastle, Sandpiper, Pelican and Starfish. And a bit of Seagull to get rid of the yellow portions that I wanted left white. 

After taking down the painting and wreath it really was evident how ugly this fireplace brick was. It was at that point I felt that no matter how badly I painted my fireplace it couldn't look any worse than it already did so what did I have to lose? Right?

My biggest fear in starting the painting of the bricks was figuring out how to not make the bricks look too contrived. I started sponging one paint color at a time on bricks in a random way. Sometimes putting the same color next to each other but not in any uniform pattern. 

I kept with one color at a time until I had used all 7 colors. One tip that I will pass on is don't forget to paint the side bricks at the same time or you will have to go back and do them later like I did! The yellowing still was on the white so I took my Seagull Chalky Paint and went right over it. Problem solved! I liked how it all looked but I felt it was too "clean" looking. I used my Lime Wax and that was the ticket! Lime Wax mutes the paint. You will still get the tones of the color when using Lime Wax, just in a more soft tone. Mission accomplished! In two hours from start to finish I was able to get a warm inviting fireplace. Aaaaaah!


1 comment

  • This is just beautiful! I just love it!

    Nancy Olliver

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