Updating my fireplace secondlife dating
You can use a number of different things to wrap the mantel…a cheap plastic painters drop cloth, black plastic trash bags, kitchen plastic “cling” wrap.
Just tape the material around the mantel to protect it. You can use either a trowel or a wide putty knife to apply the compound.
This outdated brick fireplace was “taking life” from the family room/dining room area.
And my niece wanted to create a fireplace that “gives life” to this very important part of their home. She decided to mimic that look for their outdated fireplace.
The technique is akin to whitewashing bricks, but instead of using diluted latex paint, homeowners coat the brick with a layer of wet mortar.” For the “wet mortar” necessary to achieve the “smear” style we decided to use drywall joint compound.
You can buy pre-mixed All Purpose joint compound at home improvement stores (see bucket setting on hearth in the “before” photo at the top of this page).
You can put the compound on as thin or as heavy as you want.
We applied a thin layer (as pictured above) and let it dry thoroughly (next day) to decide if it was heavy enough for Rachael’s desired look.
Here are some simple fireplace ideas for a revamp that will bring your home’s hearth into this century.
A slightly more subdued statement will tie in your modernist sensibilities, and it’s easy enough to get with a quick whitewashing.
To make whitewash stain, just combine two-parts white latex paint with one-part water, and then brush the mixture on. — a chic fireplace update fit for the hippest Brooklyn brownstone.
With fall just around the corner, it’s time to start getting serious about your home’s interior appeal.
After all, bland and outdated decor becomes strikingly obvious when poor weather keeps you indoors.
To get the look, you’ll need to construct a scratch coat made of building felt and metal lath laid over your fireplace—that will help the stone adhere to the brick.