April 18, 2012

Fireplace in French Linen

Fireplace Painted Brick Gray

And so it begins…  Baby steps in our home renovation.  I knew I wanted to paint these bricks the minute I saw this thing.  I was originally thinking white and having the gray be the base, but after painting it all gray, I kinda like it. My goal is to do eventually dry brush white on top to give it a distressed look.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the first time.  I read about this product on www.perfectlyimperfectblog.com. And now after using it, I’m a huge fan. You won’t find this paint just anywhere. In my research, I was thrilled to find a local shop here in Colorado that sells it – The Little Black Chair. The owners are super sweet and helpful. It is only available through small shops and boutiques across the US.

What do I love about the paint?  Well for one – NO PREP! Yes, that right. No priming, no sanding or scuffing. Just paint it on. I usually use NO-VOC paints because I get headaches from the fumes. But this stuff barely has any smell at all.  What can I paint next?!

  1. Kristen

    January 3rd, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Can you tell me what brushes you used for this project? Also what did you clean the brick with? Thank you

  2. Amy Ehmann

    January 18th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I didn’t use any special brush. Just a plain Purdy brush from Home Depot. But really any brush will do. Hope that helps.

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    January 15th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for annie sloan

  4. Patra

    June 10th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Did you have to seal or put clear wax over it?

  5. Amy Ehmann

    June 10th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Hi Patra – I did not seal or put any wax on. It’s all straight up Annie Sloan paint. I didn’t even clean off the bricks before I painted. Shhhh… Painted dust and all. =D

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  7. Samantha

    August 13th, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    The brick around my gas fireplace gets very hot. How did the heat affect the chalk paint?

  8. Amy Ehmann

    August 13th, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Samantha! It’s been 3 years… Paint has not been affected in any way whatsoever. =)

  9. Lindsey

    August 19th, 2015 at 2:01 am

    How many cans and what size did it take to finish your fireplace??

  10. Amy Ehmann

    August 19th, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Hi Lindsey! The brick portion of the fireplace is about 5×5 feet. It took me half a quart at most.

  11. Cindy

    August 23rd, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Amy, why brush vs roller? Thx!

  12. Amy Ehmann

    August 23rd, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Because I’m lazy and don’t want to a roller and a brush. You’ll definitely need a brush to get good coverage in the corners and in between the bricks. =)

  13. Lele

    October 18th, 2016 at 11:24 am


    Would this work for a brick floor? It has a shiny seal on it so I may need to sand it first???

  14. Amy Ehmann

    November 8th, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for a brick floor. Unless it’s outside and exposed to the elements…

  15. Tracey

    September 15th, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Do you think one could paint a tile fireplace surround? And do you think something would need to be done to prep the tile first? (not glass tile)

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