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Old 01-02-2018, 12:46 PM
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So Hifiman inspired me with his project last summer to seriously consider painting my brick fireplace. Hopefully the picture will attach. It goes floor to ceiling.

Here's my problem...over the mantle to the left, and again up in the top middle portion are single bricks that stick out. Must have been chic in the 40's! I would love to remove these two bricks but don't know how. Mortar saw? Saws all? A hammer and a big screwdriver???

I hope to replace the mantle if I can get it off, or at least paint it.

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Old 01-02-2018, 01:04 PM
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I think your fireplace would be really cute painted!

I have no idea how to get the bricks that stick out off...you've got some decent ideas, but i'd be worried about what's left if you knock them off.

I think you'd be able to easily remove the mantle and replace it with something a bit more substantial.
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Old 01-02-2018, 01:41 PM
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but that brick is pretty and so is the fireplace and I wouldn't paint it. I'm not much of a fan of painted brick, though. I just think it looks really nice the way it is.
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Old 01-02-2018, 01:46 PM
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I agree with Maryteach. I have a brick fireplace at my cabin in the mountains. The warm look of red toned brick is welcoming and cozy. Your fireplace is beautiful!
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I can understand how you would get tired
Old 01-02-2018, 02:00 PM
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of the color and want something different. What about a white wash? It won't be solid colored because you water the paint down. It changes the color but the brick still shows through.

https://www.younghouselove.com/2013/...itewash-brick/

https://www.infarrantlycreative.net/...ick-fireplace/

I would consult a brick layer about getting rid of the bricks that stick out. I just worry about what is behind them. Yikes!


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Old 01-02-2018, 02:04 PM
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Your brick fireplace is beautiful and so cozy looking. I definitely would not paint it. If you want to update the look, how about a new glass in nickel or an updated black. In addition, you can easily update the mantel by building a box around it ( to give the illusion of a wider mantel.
Painted brick is not my favorite and can peel over time. You know what they say about decor changing—and paint will be difficult to remove in years to come. I do like the whitewash look in the links provided by 1956!

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I like the fireplace
Old 01-02-2018, 02:35 PM
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I agree with you that it would look better with a heftier mantle of some sort. Also, you could paint your walls a lighter shade so that the fireplace would be more of a focal point.
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:45 PM
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Thanks for all the advice!

For the record, I REALLY can't stand the brick. I think while it feels real, they might not be. Also, not a fan of the whitewash look - too farmhouse for me.

And the walls are vinyl panels that are a pale pink. Lighting was bad for photo.

The fireplace is actually a gas insert, but maybe I could change the surround. And beef up the mantle before I commit to painting.

Ultimately, if I could get rid of the sticking out bricks, and change the mantle, I might be happy. They make decorating a challenge because nothing fits under the lower one so whatever I put on it looks lopsided and bottom heavy.

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Old 01-02-2018, 04:00 PM
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I would put a big screen tv on that entire area if the room was big enough. My first choice would be to remove the brick or the brick facade and put a smaller more modern fireplace insert there .
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Old 01-02-2018, 04:23 PM
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whatever you decide to do let us know. We want to see the after pics.


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Old 01-02-2018, 04:37 PM
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I do like painted fireplaces, I’d go to a real hardware store and ask about removing the brick (cutting brick is tricky because it fragments), and I’d definitely go with a bigger mantle.

Here’s my updating work in progress. Yes, painted brick fireplace and we’ll be painting out the gold on the frame. See the hardwood acclimating before laying?
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:14 PM
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Yes! I like it. Did you paint it yourself because I know you've recently developed some wicked skills!!!
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:15 PM
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I can't afford to replace the brick and we don't watch TV in that room.

I would LOVE to put a mirror on the mantle, but that stupid stick out brick prevents it. I'm afraid it would fall.
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:37 PM
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Keltikmom, no, I had it done as part of “updating.” I had the whole interior painted.
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