Is there a process to color and texturize the bricks on our fireplace? We don't care for the standard red brick look.
—Lance, Carlsbad, California
Painting the brick is the easiest strategy. First prime the bricks with a stain-killing primer, then top coat with oil or latex. Alternatively, you can get a mason to parge the bricks, a process similar to plastering that smoothes the bricks and makes them look like stucco.
For other brick fireplace ideas, see Whitewashing Red Brick
and A Fireplace Face-Lift for Just $87