Painting the bricks behind my wood stove has been on my to-do list for way too long. Should I or should I not? Once you paint brick there’s no going back to the original color without sandblasting. That’s not something I ever envision happening in my family room.
My family room is long and has one big French door. This corner has always felt like it’s pulling the room into a dark hole.
Here’s a before shot–this corner seems to suck the light out of the room.
I’m not sure why I thought this would be a good project to start after a 13-mile bike ride. But for me when the urge to paint hits I must do it! I love to paint but it’s been a while since I’ve had the energy to tackle a project.
Step 1vacuumed the bricks first. Who knew so much dust and cat hair could make a home between bricks?
Vacuum the bricks first. Who knew so much dust and cat hair could make a home between bricks?
Who knew so much dust and cat hair could make a home between bricks? I might have if I ever took the time to clean the bricks. Hey, I have books to write, no judgment, please.
I had some Benjamin Moore Marshmallow White left from painting part of this room several years ago. I made a mix of half paint and half water. Then I removed my wedding ring, grabbed an old washcloth and said a prayer.
This is with one coat. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. Too busy.
Done. I’m debating painting the mortar joints, but for now, I’m learning to enjoy it. It’s such a difference that it’s taking a bit of time to adjust. I’ve lived in this house for over 20 years so when I come downstairs I expect to see the dark hole behind the stove. It’s refreshing to see the light color!
This project was much easier than I thought it would be. I’d rate it a beginner, so easy that with guidance a child could do it.
*I’d recommend doing this on a day you don’t ride your bike 13-miles because it’s tiring to get up and down so many times.