Without a doubt, paint is one of the easiest ways to give a room an instant update while remaining loyal to a slim budget. When I moved into my fixer-upper last spring, my den was in need of a serious face-lift. One look and it was immediately obvious the brick fireplace and surrounding built-ins were going to spend quite a bit of quality time with a paintbrush.
After removing the shelving above the built-ins and the doors from the cabinetry to the left, I applied several coats of oil-based primer to prevent any stains from showing through and to give the later coats of paint a solid surface to adhere to.
Once a few solid coats of primer were good and dry, I followed up with several coats of flat white paint on both the brick fireplace and built-ins.
– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.
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