Would you paint your brick fireplace?
Rachel Backus a home stager in Hudson Ohio recommended painting oak cabinets from the 1970's, 1980's speaking to the real estate community and other stagers Rachael asked WOOD you tell a homeowner to paint the cabinets?
"WOOD you tell a homeowner to paint brick?" or "Wood you tell a homeowner to paint the fireplace? just doesn't have the same ring to it as Rachel's title, does it?
Have you ever painted brick? Were you happy with the results?
This is painted brick... Too bad I don't have a before photo. This is the brick on fireplace in a Bob Webb patio home at the Sanctuary in the Worthington area. The patio homes are from the late 1980's so it is not like they are ancient. Or that Bobb Webb built houses with ugly fireplaces.
This particular patio home is listed with an agent in my office, Real Living HER Worthington. I believe the home owner made this change for their own enjoyment not to sell the home so this is not necessarily a home staging tip. I understand each brick was individually "painted." It is more of a white wash than a painted, in my opinion.
Here's a post by a homeowner in Georgia who painted her fireplace wall showing before and after photos -A Peach of a Fireplace - The paint, (a kit) really transforms that wall.
When I bought a home in a Dayton Ohio suburb in the 1980's it had a painted fireplace. The house was built in the 1940's and the house had a lot of character. The opaque white paint on the fireplace brick was NOT one of the charming things about that home for us. We would have preferred the brick be the original dark red brick.. when we purchased the home in the late 1980s. We could not tell how long the white paint had been on but you could see in one place where someone had painted some of the mortar between the bricks black. The seller's decorating was not what attracted us to the home. The living room walls were red with a white stripe, the carpet was rust but it was so dark in the room we did not know until we owned it. We thought the carpet matched the walls until we took down the heavy window coverings. We painted the walls but did not get around to sand blasting the paint off the fireplace brick (if that is what it would have took) before we were transferred.
Our sweet little 1940's cape cod had gone through lots of different decorating eras. We ripped out some of the paneling, from the 1960s or 1970's on the first floor but had to just paint some paneling upstairs because it was overwhelming.
Never say never to painting anything...
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