Painting the inside of a fireplace is a great way to mask ash and soot and get a fresh look without spending a fortune. There are a few considerations when painting the inside of a fireplace.
1. Use the Right Kind of Paint Inside a Fireplace
If you are painting your fireplace, you need to know that fireplaces regularly reach temperatures of 1300 degrees and more. When you paint, you need to use a high temperature, fire retardant paint like this black firebox paint.
2. Clean Your Fireplace
Before you paint your fireplace, you will need to clean it. Use soap and water and a brush or cloth. This will allow for a smooth area to apply paint. Make sure the fireplace is completely dry before applying the paint.
Here is a great example of a blog who redid their firebox:
3. Metal or Brick Lined, or Gas?
Consider which you have and make sure you use the paint that is specific to your fireplace’s interior.
4. Be Prepared
High temperature paints, the kind used for painting the interior of fireplaces, are very toxic. You will want to make sure you have rubber gloves, a proper face mask for guarding against toxic fumes, and proper covering for your skin and clothes. Make sure and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
You will also need:
- A paint brush
- Trisodium phosphate
- Firm-bristled brush
- Painter’s tape
- High-temperature paint