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Modern Fireplace Makeover

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Turn a dark dreary fireplace into a bright, modern fireplace with an easy step-by-step paint project.

Modern Fireplace Makeover

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Paint Roller and Roller Cover
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint tray
  • Cardboard


  • Large O-Cel-O sponge (#188431)
  • Valspar paint, Desert Fortress (#2008-10B)
  • Valspar paint, Smoked Oyster (#6005-1C)

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Before: Dark brown brick gives this fireplace a dreary, dated look.

The Makeover

Step 1

Before applying paint, make sure the brick is clean and free of dust, soot or dirt.

Step 2

Apply a base coat (we used Valspar Desert Fortress) using both a paint roller and brush. Let dry thoroughly.

Step 3

Sponge on Bricks

Cut the sponge so it is the same size as your bricks. Dampen the sponge in water, then wring it out so it is full and flexible but not drippy.

Pour a small amount of accent paint (we used Valspar Smoked Oyster) into a paint tray. It's important to use a small, even amount of paint on the sponge. To do this, brush paint up onto the ribbed surface of the paint tray. Set the sponge on to the paint to absorb a small amount. Blot the sponge on the cardboard to make sure you have the right amount of paint. Lightly press the sponge against the brick. You'll soon get a feel for the right amount of paint to use.

Step 4

Applying Paint to Brick

Each brick will have slight variations in color that give the overall surround a natural look. Don't worry about mistakes. You can wipe off a brick immediately after applying the paint using a wet rag.

After: A simple paint technique plus new pendant lights (#274555) and Starburst artwork give this fireplace a bright, modern look. Turn a recessed light socket into a pendant light with a super-easy pendant light conversion kit (#266578). Screw the fixture into the socket (just like a light bulb) and adjust the cord.