New color and texture for boring old brick
Q: 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
Steve Thomas replies:
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.