I love to hear that one of our "oldie but goodie" archive posts has helped somone out, years later. It's one of the best things about publishing online — all of the info we've shared over the years is still findable and usable — it lives on. Molly used our (2005!) post
on how to get a limed effect on brick to tackle her fireplace makeover. Both it and
the Family Room that it's part of look utterly amazing now. Take a peek…
Molly sent us the pics by email but she also wrote all about the fireplace and room redo on her blog, The Nesting Game. (such a great name!)
The fireplace was another project and a half.
We knew we did not want to leave the brick as it was, but instead of simply painting it, we used a treatment I found on Apartment Therapy from the BBDW store in New York. (Read the comment about 2/3 of the way down by Tyler for the instructions, if interested.) All it is is drywall compound applied to the brick, dried and sanded. We sanded a little more than they did at BBDW because we wanted a bit more of a liming-effect, with some of the red showing through to tie into our color scheme.
It was a bit messy.
But worth it.
Ha! All the good projects seem to be just that - a bit messy, but worth it!
Be sure to check out all of Molly's makeover details:
• Nest Tour: Family Room
As well as our original "liming" process post:
• How To: Make Your Brick Walls Like BDDW's
Images: Molly/The Nesting Game