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My fireplace is made of bricks. The color of the 30-yr bricks doesn't look good anymore. Other than completely changing the bricks to slates, what are some of the other ways to update it while not to spend a whole lot of money? Painting? What type of paint? I'm not sure I like the idea of simply painting the fireplace to white. Any ideas?

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Rather than painting the brick, I'd recommend putting cultured stone over the brick. This can drastically change the look of the fireplace, while still maintaining a more realistic masonry appearance than painted brick. Try Googling "Owens Corning Cultured Stone" or "Eldorado Stone". They have a wide variety of styles and colors. Installation instructions and technical information should also be on their sites.

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