Moderator Post (s) for this thread: >TSPbydoug seibert on 08/13/2004
Hi, Gloria. Please look down the board at both the number of requests for information on painting fireplaces and the number of times we have talked people out of painting fireplaces. Once you paint a fireplace, it really can never be successfully stripped and you will always have to repaint it. Because of this, many people will not consider buying a house with a painted fireplace and the resale value of your house goes down. Paint can char, at worst, and become sooty, at least, with use of a painted fireplace, and this is very difficult to clean. So the bottom line is--please, don't paint your fireplace.
If you wish to change the look of your fireplace, there are ways that this can be accomplished. Adding a fireplace surround or just a mantle will do this.