So I know I’m supposed to be in the basement working on all my hoarded chairs, but I keep looking at our sad little fireplace and wondering what to do with it. Especially now that we have been flung into cooler weather, an evening fire sounds kind of nice.
Our fireplace is cast concrete with different colors in it (red, buff and green just like my sorority . . . ) which match the colors in the stained glass transom. However this poor thing has seen better days. When we bought the house it had a horrible brass-n-glass fireplace surround covering up the whole front of the fireplace. We took that off a few years ago and hauled it to the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It left a big (permanent) stained and sooty mess behind though.
When we were getting our concrete kitchen countertop installed, I spoke with the fabricator about options for our fireplace. He did have some stains he could use on it but he said they would have to be dark stains because he couldn’t fix the real stains (soot and ash) that have leached into the concrete.
So, I’m wondering . . . do I dare paint it? Here’s a little Photoshop magic for your consideration.
None of the above.
What’s your vote? I’ve seen a lot of brick fireplaces that are painted (usually white) quite successfully. I googled around and found some scary images of painted stone fireplaces but I couldn’t quite find any that match my situation which is not brick and not quite stone . . . . Hmmm.
P.S. Grey is out.