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Old 05-11-2008, 11:14 AM   #16
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Thanks for the compliment. Trust me IT IS EASY! My only advice is to go slow with the base coat and be sure how much you want to cover (some people want a more solid look, I wanted to leave a faint amount of the brick (not mortar!) showing and then use the additional colors they give you to blend even more. We have used our fireplace many times since without any problems. Still looks good as new.
One thing I did NOT do was apply the final matte finish that they give you. I only omitted this step because I thought as I lived with the fireplace I might want to make some changes to the color, and I thought the matte coat might complicate that. You could check with them (they are very nice on the phone) what, if any difference this might make, but they said there is no problem using your fireplace after painting with their paint when I asked.
My finally advice is that what finally made me go for it was the fact that I really hated my fireplace and how drab the room looked (we had just bought the house about a year before). Idecided that I had nothing to lose...it couldn't look any worse than what I had. Maybe that helps you? Good Luck!

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Old 05-11-2008, 09:06 PM   #17
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Eyes2020, thank you loads... we are in the process of moving right now, just like you, new house and the fireplace is just awful... well awful in the sense that it's dated, it's red brick and it would look awesome like yours... I am going to do it... Just now have to wait until we are officially in the house and get organized and then tackle the task..Thanks for all your advice...truly appreciate it.

Here is a picture of it prior to us moving in...but gives you a sense of it, I think it would absolutely look beautiful... We are painting the room as well, everything in the whole house needs painting and the paint color is stonehouse, cream - tan sandy color.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:55 AM   #18
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Wantubeprg,
Glad to help and wish you luck in your new home! I would be interested to see the final result and your thoughts about how it went when you finish doing it (dont rush it! Whenever you get to it.) You will get more than enough paint to do the job you showed me. I remember now that I also got an old brick and played a little before I actually took a paint brush to my fireplace. It helped me feel a little better about going forward (so you can see it for yourself before you take the plunge on the real thing!) Doing this will also help you get a better sense of the colors they give you. In fact I recommend you do that since there is such a subtle difference in the colors they give you that it will help you decide how much of each color you want. It is not until you put them all together that you get a real sense of the differences between them. Also, I just want to be sure that you don't confuse the glaze and the matte finish I discussed in my previous E-mail. I definitely used the glaze (has a brown tint) and it I think it was the thing that really pulled it all together in the end. It was the matte finish I held off on. You may want to go ahead and use it but I wanted to be sure you understood what I was talking about.
....I swear I don't work for these people, but you would think I did, eh? I was just so happy this turned out so well and I just like helping people realize they can do alot of things themselves, save money and be really happy with the results. Again. Lots of luck...with everything!
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You must be Canadian, or you know I am...LOL....thanks for all your info...and I will definately be painting it, just when... as there are so many other things that need to be done... like painting our kitchen cabinets as it's not in the budget to get them redone at the moment... so those first then the fireplace...but can't wait...I will definatley post pictures and let you know when I have it done...knowing me, the virgo, I will have it done before summer's end...

Thanks again... I will make sure to use the glaze and decide on the matte when finished like yourself..and I will try and find a brick to practice on first... I can see why it would help a lot - not so intimidating if I use a practice brick first.

Thanks again, Krista, the Ontarian....
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:07 PM   #20
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Hey everybody,

Has anyone tried one of Brick-ANew's wood fireplace mantles? I read some positive responses about their paint kit so I was wondering if anybody had bought anything else from their site. I am remodeling my house and thinking about putting up a new mantle, so any feedback would be great. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:03 AM   #21
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Eyes2020 - which Brick-Anew color did you use - Misty Harbor? Not sure I trust my monitor to display colors correctly
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:30 PM   #22
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I actually used Twilight Taupe.
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Thanks, Eyes. The fireplace looks great. Ordered.
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:19 PM   #24
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eyes2020, another question for you: what color are your walls (brand/hue)? Love the look. Can you tell I want your room?

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Well, I will tell you the room was painted three times before I finally found the color I liked. So, in an effort to save you from the same fate the color on the walls is Benjamin Moore HC 47: Brookline Beige. The bookcases are dove white. I love this room. It is right off our kitchen (Benjamin Moore HC-45 Shaker Beige currnently, but it too may be painted shortly, again.) and has cathedral ceilings (Benjamin Moore, Bone white). Also painted the (ugly black) beams Benjamin Moore, HC 46:Jackson Tan). Whew! Lot's of paint in that one room, eh? Good luck!
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eyes, I appreciate your help here. The room looks great - time well spent
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Thanks! Send me a post so I know when you have completed yours. I am really looking forward to seeing it.
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Wow eyes, I wish I had checked out all the possibilities for fireplaces before I started on ours. We bought a 100 yr. old farm house that had a fireplace put in in the 70's. Dark ugly paneling above it and white brick with black grout! ick! So I went to the local hardware store and found a product called Multispec Stone Accents. Probably along the same lines as Brick-Anew. But, the primer grout color is only gray! There are other colors to put on the top but the gray really shows through so much that the Balmoral Red top coat looks purple. So after three other colors and now I am trying to mix colors to paint the grout in the cracks a creamy color I hate this product. Your fireplace looks great and I can only hope mine will someday too.

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