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Our Fireplace Goes Black


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday


For MONTHS I have had the urge to paint our fireplace and built-ins black after being inspired by so many images on Pinterest. But (obviously) black is such a bold dark color and I was EXTREMELY intimidated to take the leap.


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday

I was worried I'd end up hating it and have to take the time to paint it again AND I was worried it would make our narrow living space seem closed in. 2 very logical concerns that ended up being completely wrong!


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday


When Tim and I stepped back and admired the wall we were both shocked to realize the room actually feels wider! When we made over our Basement in the spring, I chose a bold color and painted everything the same tone to give the illusion of a larger space - the same thing happened here! Instead of closing us in, it feels more open and super cozy!


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday

I've gotten a lot of questions on how to paint brick so I thought I'd walk you through how I did it. Plus, check out what our fireplace looked like when we moved in!


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday


How To Paint Brick


There are paints made especially for brick, but I honestly used our regular latex indoor paint! I think a flat finish looks the best. I didn't prime the brick or treat it with anything before beginning to paint. Some say their brick deteriorated after using house paint, but after 5 years, we've never had issue with the brick crumbling.


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday


The first color I ever used matched our trim at the time (Swiss Coffee) and I barely noticed any brick bleed through until about a year after we painted. By bleed through I mean I could start to see like rusty color coming through the brick, but it wasn't super noticeable. Once I painted my second coat (Sherwin Williams Alabaster) we never had bleed through again.


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday


While I did use a roller for some of the coverage, a large durable paint brush is going to be your best friend to get into all those grooves. I also made sure I had a tiny detail brush to get into pin holes that I struggled to cover.


Painting brick definitely takes time so you just need a strong arm and patience, but there's nothing difficult about it!


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday

This black color is Tricorn Black from Sherwin Williams. It is a completely neutral true black that doesn't pull blue or green. I used Behr Marquee Matte Paint like I do with most of my projects.


black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday


What do you think? Would you take the risk and paint something black in your home? I cannot wait to fully style this room for Christmas so stay tuned for lots more inspiration!


xoxo, L


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black brick, black family room, brick fireplace, the rural legend, christmas decor, holiday

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Guest
Mar 16

You used a SW color but Behr paint?

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Guest
Mar 15

This is beautiful! However, for readers who want to do something similar, please do NOT use latex paint in the firebox unless you plan to never use that fireplace. The latex paint will not stand up to the heat of a fire, and you'll have a smelly mess on your hands. We purchased a home where the firebox had been painted with latex, and both our inspector and our chimney sweep warned us not to use the fireplace. They advised that we would need to strip off the paint and repaint with a high heat paint, or add a fireplace insert. We went with the easier solution and added the fireplace insert.

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Guest
Dec 21, 2023

What about the shelving? What shine did you use on there?

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Guest
Dec 04, 2023

What is the fireplace color? You say Alabaster, but that's a cream.

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Apr 04
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“…This black color is Tricorn Black from Sherwin Williams. It is a completely neutral true black that doesn't pull blue or green. I used Behr Marquee Matte Paint like I do with most of my projects…”

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