Faux Painting Brick Repair

I love it when people reach out to me with a project and start with “I don’t know if you can do this, but…”.  This was the scenario when one of my contractor friends recently reached out to me with a unique challenge.

They were re-doing a room in a Brookline home that included sanding and refinishing the floors.  Unfortunately, when the floors were sanded the edge of the fireplace hearth was nicked by the sander.  The hearthstones had a great patina of browns, reds, yellows, dark greys and black that was completely ground away – leaving obvious blemishes of of bright, light gray.

The homeowner was very understanding, but the contractor wanted to make it right.  Of course, he also knew this could be a challenge – as these hearthstones were many decades old.  Finding something to match exactly would be extremely difficult if not impossible – not to mention the additional disruption of pulling out and replacing bricks in an otherwise perfectly good hearth.

This is when I got the call: “I don’t know if you can do this, but…”.  The contractor sent me some pictures and I jumped right on the project.  For this one, I used my artist's acrylic paints for the durability, sheen and mix-ability.  I knew that matching all of these various shades and replicating surface pitting that was ground flat and smooth would take more of a fine-art approach.

I loved the challenge!  Crouching on the floor with a wide variety of brushes, I thought of the ground-down areas as a canvas where I was creating a painting of old, patinaed hearthstones.

When I sent a picture of the completed project to the contractor, it was fun to receive his response of “WOW!”.

Below are the before and after shots of this project... Enjoy!

 BEFORE

BEFORE

 AFTER!

AFTER!