How to Cover Brick Fireplaces?

If you’re looking for a way to add a bit of pizzazz to your fireplace, consider using tiles to cover your brick. This is a simple, cheap, and elegant option that will bring the outdoors inside. You can choose from a wide range of styles and colors. 

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Before you start laying the tiles, make sure the bricks are cleaned of dirt, soot, and loose mortar. You can clean the bricks with a wire brush, a rag soaked in white vinegar, or a combination of both. After cleaning, allow the bricks to dry. Then, apply a coat of stain-blocking oil-based primer and let it dry overnight. This prevents soot stains from forming. 

When you’re ready to put the tiles on, you should use a straight-edge trowel or notched trowel to spread the thinset cement over the bricks. Then, work the thinset into the cracks and joints, fixing any visible gaps or seams. Then, use a notched trowel to apply the second coat of thinset. Then, set the tiles in place. You may want to use a drop cloth or other protective material to protect the paint from the brick. 

In addition to tiles, you can also choose to use a wood or metal mantel to cover your brick. This will extend your mantel area and create a more spacious look for the room. You can also decorate your mantel with a new piece of art or a vase of flowers. Another idea is to display smaller items in groupings. Adding a string of seasonal lights can draw attention to the mantel. You can even install a large textured tile over the brick, giving your fireplace a modern, sleek appearance. 

If you want to go for a more rustic, farmhouse feel, you can use a shiplap style wooden wall siding. Shiplap is thin, making it easy to install over a brick fireplace. It can be framed with crown molding, creating an interesting backdrop for your decorating. Paneling the wood up to the crown molding at the ceiling will also help extend the mantel’s reach. 

For a more modern look, consider using stucco. This is a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly alternative to real stone. It’s easy to use and comes in many different textures and designs. It’s also an insulating, durable, and sustainable material. 

Another popular method for covering a brick fireplace is to use concrete. It is quick, affordable, and does not require professional assistance. But you may want to consult a contractor for advice on which materials are best for your project. 

You can also decorate the brick fireplace with a variety of items. This can include a collection of artwork, a bold, colorful piece of art, or even a slanting ceiling. Choosing the right decor can completely transform your brick fireplace. You can even try painting it a fresh, neutral color. Just be sure to choose a color that complements the rest of the house’s design. 

If you’re ready to give your fireplace a makeover, choose a style that you love and that you can do yourself. This will change the feel of your home.