Ideas for Renovating a Brick Fireplace

A brick fireplace seems to be the fireplace that calls for renovating the most of all fireplace structures. Renovation is the same thing as remodeling. This is done to improve or fix a fireplace that is outdated, or damaged in someway.

Often times one will renovate to bring new life into their fireplace and give it a personality of its own fitting into their current decor. A lot of the older brick fireplaces were made in the 1900’s. Some brick fireplaces date back to the 1800’s, but it is rare to have a working brick fireplace survive from that time period. It is as if all of these fireplaces were created especially for stucco.

Stucco is a Great Idea for a “Week-End Project” Renovating an Old Brick Fireplace

With the deep grooves in the mortar of the old fashioned bricks you would think that these were placed with the idea of adding stucco, as mentioned earlier. The old fashioned bricks were also very porous.

Applying stucco to the old bricks of your fireplace is probably the best idea of all when renovating your brick fireplace, and you can do all of this in a week-end! It is also a very economical solution which you will find very affordable. How do you go about accomplishing this feat?

Assemble Tools and Materials

Of course you will be needing stucco mix. Stucco mix is concrete and sand. You will also need a bonding agent. As far as tools you will only need two kinds of stucco trowels and a bristle brush. The kind of trowels you will need are: (1) “Notched Trowel”, and (2) a “Straight Steel Trowel”. So you need the stucco and bonding agent, 2 trowels, and a bristle brush. All you need is some time and a total of 5 things to complete your week-end project.

Apply Concrete Bonding Agent Into Bricks

Brush the bonding agent into the bricks. No one is going to see this, so, you can do it in a very relaxed manner setting your own pace. Allow it to dry for about 30 minutes.

Prepare Stucco Mix

You can get “ready-made” stucco in a bag at your local building supply store if you wish. Some prefer to make their own by mixing sand and concrete together. The directions to mix concrete are on the bag.

You want the stucco mix to be as close as you can get it to the consistency of toothpaste or a creamy peanut butter. Add a little bonding agent to the mix so it will stick well, and dry quicker.

You can actually apply a pigment to stucco to give it some color if you want. The modern color options are many. You might like trying a “Dusty Sage” pigment added to your stucco mix, or a shade of blue, which ever fits your overall decor the best.

Apply First Coat of Stucco

A coat of stucco doesn’t have to be very thick. You do this just like you are applying butter to bread. Make sure the surfaces you stucco are covered so you can no longer see the bricks. After doing this, take your “Notched Trowel” and run some grooves over the whole area where you applied stucco. This will help the second coat to stick better. Let it dry overnight.

Apply Second Coat of Stucco

Use your “Straight Steel Trowel” to apply the second coat of stucco. This will give your stucco a nice smooth sleek look, almost like clay or adobe. You will really like this. If you like the more rustic look, which you can paint any color you desire, run your “Bristle Brush” over the stucco. Let it dry and you are done.

Finishing Ideas for Your Stucco on your Renovated Brick Fireplace

There are different finishes you can apply to your stucco fireplace. Almost any finishing medium will work on stucco such as paint, if you haven’t already added color from pigment. Glazes are also nice. Several hues of brown can be used for a nice look similar to adobe or handcrafted clay. Shades of gray and charcoal black are very strong colors, decorator wise, when it comes to stucco. Let your creativity flow and enjoy yourself while renovating your brick fireplace for the maximum in finishing results.

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