Have you ever thought about painting your fireplace? We do this quite often during home stages and the end result is amazing. If you are looking to give your home a makeover, but don’t want to do a full-on renovation, this is an amazing idea to execute! All it takes is a little elbow grease, a few tools, and some fireplace paint.
Make sure the paint you use is made for higher temperatures and is good on brick surfaces! A brick surround is the best bet for painting. Next, choose your fireplace paint color. A whitewash brick fireplace is a classic choice, but a black painted fireplace adds drama. Pick a color that matches your unique style of your home and the room’s decor. Then follow these steps on how to paint a brick fireplace.
How to do it
Step 1 – Clean The Fireplace Surface
To make sure your paint adheres and dries properly, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the brick. We recommend using a wire brush to clean the debris. Then make sure to vacuum around the area to clean up any remaining dirt. Next, you will want to wash the fireplace with a cleanser or degreaser. Make sure to let it dry completely before moving on! Next, cover your floor with a drop cloth and tape off any areas you want to remain paint-free.
Step 2 – Prime The Brick
A stain-blocking, oil-base primer protects your paint against future soot stains from fireplace use. Apply primer to the entire surface, following the manufacturer’s directions. We recommend using a small brush to get the primer in the small crevices!
Step 3 -Paint The Brick
Once the primer is dry, it’s time to paint. Choose indoor, latex, heat-resistant paint (either flat, semigloss, or gloss) that’s rated to withstand temperatures generated by the fireplace (generally about 200°F). Remember that this type of paint is only appropriate for the exterior of a brick fireplace, not the interior firebox. If you want to paint the firebox, you’ll need a special heat-resistant paint. Use a roller designed for textured surfaces to cover the surface of the brick. For any spots that are smaller, you can touch up with a small paintbrush. Apply a second and third coat as needed, allowing plenty of drying time between coats.