Painting your brick fireplace is easy and can totally transform your space. Let me show you how to paint brick and refresh your fireplace.
We have lived in our current home seven years and since the day I moved in, actually the day we toured the house and wrote the offer, I have wanted to paint the brick fireplace in the family room. Here is an easy, sure proof way to paint brick on your fireplace.
My husband would have nothing to do with it and wouldn’t entertain the idea of touching the brick no matter how much I pleaded. He was (key word was) a die hard, you never paint brick, kind of guy. So, for seven years I endured the big elephant in the room always trying to decorate around it to lighten up the space. Now, don’t get me wrong…I love brick and red/orange brick has it’s places in the right setting; just not my family room.
During this 2020 quarantine he finally agreed to painting the fireplace. I ran to the paint store as fast I could and began painting before he knew what was happening. I didn’t want him to change his mind and once a speck of paint was on the brick there was no turning back.
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Decide on paint color/finish and gather supplies
- Drop Cloth
- Painters Tape
- Damp rags
- Degreaser/TSP (if necessary)
- Hand Vacuum
- Latex Paint (any color)
- Stiff Paint Brush
- 3/4″ High-Density Polyester Roller Cover
Color: We used Benjamin Moore’s Aura; did two coats and it covered perfectly! I selected Benjamin Moore White Dove since all the trim in our home is White Dove and I wanted everything to flow together.
Finish: The finish I debated between semi-gloss or eggshell. Finally decided on eggshell because we didn’t want a high sheen to the brick. Many others have painted using semi-gloss and it’s lovely; this comes down to personal choice.
Clean the brick & remove mantel
My fireplace is not a wood burner; it’s gas; therefore, I did not need to deep clean the brick really. If you have a wood burning fireplace I would suggest using trisodium phosphate (TSP); a half cup of TSP mixed into a gallon of water ought to do the trick. I have read that vinegar/water mixture works too. I only wiped the brick down with a damp rag to dust it and vacuumed it to ensure it was dust/particle free.
Tape off the area
Using blue painters tape we taped the floor at the base, the crown molding at the top and the walls that were adjacent to the brick.
Time to Paint the Fireplace
This is a simple DIY project that my daughter and I did together. It was easy but took us about five hours to complete, but well worth it and since we were locked up at home it was the perfect time to get it done!
I added some simple decor and that was it. Now the room is bright and feels refreshed.
I love how this turned out and better yet so does my husband. He keeps saying why didn’t we paint it sooner? HA!
The best part of this project was completing it together with my daughter.