When we bought this "older" home it needed lots of TLC. The family room had a fireplace but it was more of an eyesore than anything! The brick was a really boring color. I decided to to give the fireplace a complete make over which meant also building built-ins around the fireplace.
I first painted the boring brick with a primer in a pale yellow.
Next I added an oak colored wood stain over the primed brick. Yes, wood stain! As I painted the stain on, I rubbed with a wet rag to get the look I was going for!
I completely designed my built-ins myself; however, I had to to hire someone to actually build them!
After the built-ins were complete then a primer (tinted green) was added.
Thank goodness for my oldest and dearest best friend, Beth Chapman of Walls In Disguise. (she is located in the Clemson, SC area) Beth is an amazing "artist" who can paint anything! I picked the color and she went to work! I wanted the built-ins to have a green distressed look! Beth did an amazing job!