Friday, November 9, 2012

Should I Paint the Hearth?

The fireplace hearth in my living room is my nemesis. The rest of the room is soft and light, then your eyes stop at the orangey-red tile. To be honest, it used to drive me crazy, then I learned to avert my eyes and honestly forgot it was even there for a little while.
Then lately, my hate on for it is back in full swing. I've been casually dropping comments like this:

It wouldn't be that big of a deal to remove that tile... would it?
What do I need... a chisel?
Wouldn't marble tiles look so nice there?

Needless to say, I didn't get much of a response. Apparently, it is a bit of a job. Plus, any extra cash is being saved up for a bigger project. So, I let it go.

Then, I saw this post over at Elements of Style. Erin had a similar problem and used paint as a quick solution. Duh! Why didn't I think of that? I paint everything!

Here is Erin's before:

And her much improved after:

Doesn't it look a thousand times better? It's not to say that I still wouldn't want to replace the tile later on, but in the meantime it could look so much better. Problem is that she used Valspar latex enamel paint in a flat black. I'm pretty sure that we can't get Valspar in PEI so any recommendations on a similar product?

If you haven't visited Erin's blog, she has crazy beautiful style and has been busy renovating her new home. It's worth a follow! Did you notice that her and I have the same brass birds? I think I'm going to go put mine on my fireplace now too.

Have a great week everyone! 


  1. The fireplace looks great in the after! Funny thing is, I have the EXACT same tile on the floor around my fireplace (You can see a picture of it here:

    As for the paint, any latex enamel paint will work. Do you have Sherwin Williams there? They make an all-surface enamel paint that is excellent. Good luck!


  2. Great job! A definite improvement.

    We had terrible orange/red brick on our fireplace surround that I hated for years. One day I just decided to paint it white. I was kicking myself afterward that I didn't do it years before.

  3. My goodness what a transformation and with only a lick of paint. Fine choice you made.

  4. Yes! Yes! Paint all the way and then show us how awesome it is. :)

  5. The answer to should you paint an orange-y brick hearth, if the question ever arrives, is YES. Always yes. Obviously Erin's looking amazing and we painted ours a few years ago and it completely transformed the living room. And I'm not even being overly dramatic. Plus, it was quick and super inexpensive. See? The answer is yes :)

  6. I think the second one looks best I like the black and white looks really nice together

  7. Oh, paint it for sure! I painted the frame of the brass & glass screen on our fireplace matte black - I can't remember the exact paint, but I got it at Home Depot. You should be OK to use any heat-resistant paint. Have fun!

  8. Any hardware store sells a flat black heat-resistant paint. I think its for BBQ's maybe?? Great idea.

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