Q: I just bought my first house in Philly, and while I've managed to get the living room painted and the floors refinished, one section of the room is stumping me: the nook that houses my stove. It's an old yet functioning wood-burning stove, sitting on top of a layer of bricks and in front of a brick mantle. My problem is that bricks on the floor don't match the bricks in back; not only are they really dingy-looking, but they're a different shape and I'm guessing even after a thorough scrubbing they'll still be a different color from the mantel bricks....
I know painting brick is generally frowned upon, but what do your readers think of painting just the floor bricks in this case? Any color suggestions? I can't decide whether I should try to camouflage this little section or use it to bring a fun pop of color to counter the big black stove.
Sent by Lauren
Editor: Lauren, We actually prefer the rustic look of the bricks on the floor to those of the mantle, but believe you would be OK painting either set if you want (though painting under the stove may be a challenge). Readers, any advice on colors for Lauren's woodburning stove nook?