Should I Paint this Brick Fireplace?

Should I Paint this Brick Fireplace?

Janel Laban
Aug 25, 2009

Q: My husband and I are in the process of acquiring this large brick fireplace (and it's home) that looks very late '70's. I think it makes the little family room seem dark, but I'm uncertain about the best way to update it. Originally I was thinking that I would just paint the brick white, but I'm concerned about possibly devaluing the home. I tend to prefer cooler colors in my living spaces (whites, grays, blues, greens) so I would want...

...any updates to reflect those shades while still remaining classic and, hopefully, not costing tons of our hard-earned savings. Suggestions for refacing the brick or opinions about painted brick would help a lot!

Sent by: Katherine

Editor: To paint or not to paint? Please share your suggestions with Katherine in the comments - thanks!

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