Rather than covering up a faded brick fireplace with home decor or walling it up, restore the bricks to their original shine. You don't need any masonry experience and the project just requires a few supplies. Within an afternoon, your old, faded brick fireplace will have new life.
Things You'll Need
- 5-gallon bucket
- Stiff-bristled brush
- Brick and masonry cleaner
- Paint stirrer
- Polyurethane elastomeric sealer
Pour 1 gallon of water in a 5-gallon bucket, then add 12 oz. of TSP.
Clean the brick fireplace thoroughly with the mixture using a stiff-bristled brush until the grime and dirt is completely removed. Rinse with plain water and a sponge. Allow the bricks to air dry.
Rinse out the brush and 5-gallon bucket, then combine 6 parts of water with 1 part of brick and masonry cleaner. Mix together with a paint stirrer.
Scrub the brick fireplace with the water/masonry cleaner mixture to restore the shine. Allow the mixture to soak in for about 15 minutes, then rinse with plain water and a clean sponge.
Brush on polyurethane elastomeric sealer with a paintbrush to seal the bricks on the fireplace. Allow it to dry as long as recommended by the manufacturer, then use your fireplace as normal.
- "The Complete Guide to Renovating Older Homes"; Jeanne B. Lawson, et al.; 2009
- "Reviving Your House: 500 Inexpensive and Simple Solutions to Basic Home Maintenance Issues"; Alan Dan Orme; 2001
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