Learn How To Paint Your Brick Fireplace

Freshen Up Your Space and Learn How Easy it is To Paint Your Brick Fireplace

Have you ever wondered how easy it is to paint a brick fireplace? Depending on the fireplace, it can seem like an impossible task. Is it floor to ceiling? Or is it wall-to-wall? Maybe your fireplace is smaller but still seems like a lot of work. Guess what? It is a lot easier than you think, no matter the size! As long as you have the right tools, you can have that brick fireplace painted in a day or two. 

Before you get started, make sure your fireplace is made of brick. Other materials, like stone, can be painted but will be harder to change down the road. In this case, brick is best! Also, a word of caution: there are heat resistant and high temperature paints on the market, but they may not hold up to direct exposure to flames. It might be best to leave the interior hearth as is, unless you don’t plan on using it.  

Choosing the right colour is important. It can make a statement and wow your family and friends when they visit. It can also make or break the space, more so than the old brick! You might consider painting the interior of your fireplace black to emphasize the hearth, or you might want to go all one colour to neutralize the space and make it less of a focal point.  

Tools and Materials You Will Need to Paint Your Brick Fireplace 

Don’t stress about the length of the list. You most likely have a few of these things already! 

  • Wire scrub brush (any wire brush will do, as long as it is clean) 
  • Vacuum (shop vac if you have one) 
  • Safety goggles and rubber gloves 
  • Drop cloths or old newspapers (old sheets or tarps work well) 
  • Paint roller for textured surfaces 
  • Small paint brush 
  • Angled or larger paint brush 
  • TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) or a de-greasing detergent 
  • Bucket, sponge and old cloths
  • Painter’s tape 
  • Oil based primer (some brands have a specific primer for concrete and masonry) 
  • Indoor paint (some brands have a specific fireplace paint, or use acrylic or latex) 

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Now that you have everything you need, it is time to have some fun 

It is important to clean your bricks first

This will remove dust or soot and will ensure the paint sticks and doesn’t chip or peel. Give them a once over with the wire scrub brush, then vacuum up the dust. If your fireplace isn’t dirty from use, giving it a wash with a damp cloth could remove any extra dust or dirt. Just be thorough if there are any hidden greasy spots, no amount of paint will cover it up. To save yourself some time and headaches, use TSP or a de-greasing detergent to clean it up. TSP is a heavy-duty cleaner designed to de-grease or remove soot. It can be found at any major hardware store. 

Rinse the bricks and let them dry

Then prepare the area with drop cloths, old newspapers, painter’s tape, and anything else you may need or use to protect the surrounding areas. It may not be so easy to remove that paint from your walls or carpets when you are done! 

prime the fireplace brick

Using a brush for this part will make sure you get all the little nooks and crannies. Using a primer first is super important. Primer will make sure the brick is protected and the painted fireplace will look great for years to come. Because brick is absorbent, it can take several coats of paint to make it look complete. Using a primer first will make sure the brick doesn’t absorb as much paint, saving you money! 

Despite your hard work in cleaning your brick in Step 1, you might find that after priming, a few grease spots may show through once it dries. This is a great opportunity to go back and add more primer to these spots to make sure they are covered up before you start to paint.  

Once the primer is dry, it is time to paint! Using a roller and small paintbrush, apply the paint to as evenly as you can. You might have to do more than one coat, but it will be worth it! 

Time to Sit Back And Enjoy Your Painted Brick Fireplace! 

Painting your brick fireplace can really change the space. It can freshen up an outdated room or brighten a too-dark area. Sometimes you just need a change! So what are you waiting for? Now that you know you can do it, get started on painting your brick fireplace. If you need our help then contact us at brian@homepainterstoronto.com, call 416-494-9095  or click here for a FREE quote.

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