I have recently had a few inquires on the step by step process for re-grouting a fireplace. Here you go!
Supplies needed which can be found in your local hardware store in the tile section. I frequent Lowes. As always prep your area first. Lay down a tarp on the floor, tape off section where your brick meets your wall, vacuum your cobwebs. Make sure you have plenty of time with limited interruptions.
One large grout sponge.
One rubber floater.
Two buckets: One for water and one for the grout.
Purchase a sanded grout. There is a non-sanded and a sanded. Non-sanded is typically used more for a tile backsplash to prevent scratching the tile. Sanded grout can be used for other Masonry projects and should be used for this project.
There are many choices of color for grout. To obtain a more old world feel choose a sand or tumbleweed color.
Follow the directions on the bag when mixing the grout. Your goal is to obtain a peanut butter consistency. remember to use a mask to prevent inhaling the dust.
Okay now the hard part….you have done your cleaning,prepping,supplies have been purchased,your grout is mixed, buckets are ready.
Spread the grout on with your floater, trick is not to smother all of the brick,but make sure you fill the deep dark old grout lines. Cover some brick but keep some with original brick color. Your goal is to achieve a variation of the color. Work in small sections. After grout is applied in small sections take your wet damp sponge and wipe off excess grout. As you wash over the brick the grout will get absorb into the brick. Rember brick is very pourous. Tip: start with a small less visible area first!
Think old world brick.
See the variations of color in these photos.
The character and texture of brick adds so much to a room.
Embrace it and good luck!