Welcome friends! Today, I share with you a project that I was hesitant to do. Hesitant because it would be a HUGE transformation – and a huge transformation that I could not (easily) change if I didn’t like it.
What is this transformation I speak of? Painting our interior brick wall!
Our house was built in the 1950’s and I absolutely love the original charm and character of many of it’s features. But the red brick overpowered the room and made it feel dark. It was time for change. Here is what the living room looked like when we moved in:
Even from the gal who paints nearly every kind of surface, this was my first time with brick and I didn’t know what to expect. To my (pleasant) surprise, it was incredibly easy to work with.
I started by washing the brick. I simply used a cleaning sponge and soapy water. I wasn’t too aggressive as I found the rough brick was destroying the sponge if I scrubbed too hard. Then I walked away to let it dry.
To make the room light and bright, I chose Crisp Cotton chalky finish Furniture Paint. I also protected and tapped off the base floor the fireplace as I wanted to keep some of the original brick….and I knew that white would not stand up well against us throwing wood on it - not to mention all the dust and debris that comes out of that wood stove and lands on the base!
Now for the chalky finish Furniture Paint application. I used a larger head, synthetic bristle brush to make the project go a bit faster. Then, I just dabbed and blotted and brushed on the paint, filling in around the rugged surface of the brick. Here is a video of what I mean by dabbed and blotted:
Warning: “Half the Man I Used to Be” by Stone Temple Pilots will fill your speakers when you hit play…love me some alternative rock when I’m doing larger projects!
It took two coats to get full coverage and did not take long to dry, maybe somewhere around 30 minutes – give or take, since some areas had more paint to cover all the bumps and roughness of the brick. Because it is a wall, I chose not to do any kind of top coat or wax protectant on top of the chalky finish Furniture Paint.
And now the after reveal! I absolutely love how the wall turned out and it did exactly what I was hoping for – lightened up the room. I’m going to stencil the frame around the wood stove….but first have to decide what pattern to choose. Once it’s done, you bet I’ll update the blog!
And, a quick before and after side by side…very happy with the result and can’t wait to finish the wood stove frame!
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