We are now in the process of painting our fireplace. I LOVE IT. I took some before pictures and after and will post them as soon as i learn how to:)! We used a good sealer paint, the kind they use in industrial buildings, and then we picked our paint colour and off we went. Wow, what a difference. I was sick of looking at that big brick wall. Now it is softer with lots of texture. I would suggest this to everyone!!!!