Here’s what I was working with (after the left wall of brick was demo’d): And here’s what I was envisioning for the bricks (via Atlanta Homes Mag): Don’t you just love that weathered, old world charm? It’s a mortar wash technique, also known as German Smear—you may remember Jo Anna Gaines using it on a Fixer Upper: Hers had a bit of a different look than my inspiration picture, but still the same concept—using white mortar to smooth out the brick while still allowing it to peek through in places.Just to clarify, this is very different than white washing, which is simply painting over the brick with a diluted coat of white paint.Redoing our fireplace took several twists and turns, but I’m exceedingly happy with the finished product, I did a lot of looking around for the look that I wanted before we got started with our fireplace remodel.(Check out my Fireplace Ideas Pinterest Board if you don’t believe me).We love Etsy and e Bay for great online finds, but flea markets tend to have the best prices. When she found this old bus door in the woods behind her house, she had a hole cut in the center to create a new frame around her fireplace.
I guess it’s kind of like childbirth in that regard.
I shopped around for stone locally, and found a place that had a lot of great options.
I showed them my inspiration photos, and was able to take samples home to consider before making a final decision.
Narrow down the look that you want, so that you can choose the best products and tools to get the job done.
We changed our direction more than once throughout the project, which is why it took so long to get from Point A to Point B.